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The Pigeon River flows from North Carolina into Tennessee just east of the Great Smoky Mountains in the southern Appalachians. Due to over a century of pollution from the paper mill industry in NC (Blue Ridge Paper, formally Champion Paper, in Canton, NC), there has been a continuing struggle to clean the river since the 1980's when the "Dead Pigeon River" council started being active and Tennessee state sued NC over the state of the river from toxic, deadly, poisonous pollution being dumped through the mill's waste processes. CWEET is proud to present this video created over a year by Jacob Judd at Tempsart Productions to share the story of the struggle of citizens and activists in both states who continue to fight for the health and safety of the water, of the people, and of the environment here on the Pigeon River.

Our Work...


Stream Monitoring

We are riverkeepers through our citizen science stream monitoring program of the Pigeon and Nolichucky Rivers. 

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Art and Advocacy

We support our local artists and makers through festivals and a partnership with the TN Arts Commission.



We connect and educate our community toward the common goal of a healthy, thriving East Tennessee.


Clean Water Expected in East Tennessee works for healthy environments-social, environmental and economic in East Tennessee.


OUR Vision...


We encourage healthy, thriving Appalachian communities by educating ourselves, the public, and our leaders about responsibility for the earth and its people. We do this by advocating for and creating solutions to ensure clean water and environments, flourishing local economies, participation in politics, and positive social and individual growth. 

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We support the whitewater rafting guides and businesses on the Pigeon River at Hartford, TN. CWEET is a proud member of American Whitewater. We value the whitewater community and their support for ecotourism contributing to a healthy thriving economy and environment.

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OUr community says...

Alhough the organization's main focus is restoring and protecting the county's water quality, CWEET has been very supportive and done wonders for the arts and artists in Cocke County.


Business Owner/Artist

CWEET has accepted the vital role in getting clean water to Cocke County and are doing a wonderful job!


Retired Utilities Worker


Professor at ETSU

CWEET works to enhance the environment in our mountain community on many levels. Their intergenerational approach to inclusion gives me hope for our future.

Our Goals...

Thanks to the CHOTA Paddling Club for their generous donation! ( photo at right: Dave McConnell, CHOTA president, meets with Deborah Bahr)
There's been a lot of work for Pigeon River protectors early in 2021 to fight for clean water!

It takes a lot of effort each year to protect the waters...and donations from folks like YOU help tremendously!   

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Together we make a difference!

With your tax deductible donations and support, CWEET can finally have the office we have been dreaming of. Please consider giving a donation or contact us to volunteer your skills. Our goal is to have the bus nice and cozy by 2020.  


We'd love to hear from you



966 Yellow Breeches Road

Cosby, TN 37722

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