The Sullivan County Commission voted Tuesday to grant the group’s request for funding, which BLA Vice President Tom McKee said is needed to offset a drastic decline in dues payments from association members since repairs to Boone Dam began.
The association, largely made up of lakeside homeowners, describes itself as an environmentalist organization. It has for years coordinated an annual volunteer cleanup of the lake and also pays a work crew to regularly remove debris from the waterway. That has continued on what water is left since the Tennessee Valley Authority dropped the lake’s level in order to make repairs to Boone Dam. But most members haven’t continued to support the association financially.
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