TSRA was founded on September 15, 1966 to “preserve, protect and restore the scenic, free-flowing rivers of our State.”
The founders listed five objectives:
One of the group’s first efforts was to help pass the Tennessee Scenic Rivers Act of 1968, which mandated state government protection of an initial ten rivers that were designated “scenic.” These first ten rivers were: Blackburn Fork, Buffalo, Collins, Conasauga, French Broad, Harpeth, Hiwassee, Roaring River, Spring Creek and Tuckahoe Creek. Since 1968, TSRA has worked to have five additional rivers designated for “scenic” protection. They are the Clinch, Duck, Hatchie, Obed and Soak Creek. Learn more about TN Scenic Rivers and their history here.
Funding provided by TSRA over the years: