Through a small tunnel, tucked in an area with no homes and no docks, a tributary off Soddy Creek slowly flows with clear water. It's filled with aquatic plant life. Plants measure more than 10 feet tall and nothing but a thriving ecosystem lines the shore.
At nearby Possum Creek in Soddy- Daisy, it's the same story.
The view from the side of a boat is nothing but fresh water full of fish and weeds - a fisherman's paradise.
"This is what it's supposed to look like," local fisherman and clean water advocate Chris Sumrell said.
A short boat trip to Soddy Creek paints a different picture.
Plant life is scarce. Weeds, which act as a filtration system for the water and provide cover for fish, are less than a foot high in the few places they can be found.