July 25th, 2019, Ross Miller from the Cumberland River Compact invited volunteers out on the Cumberland River for an afternoon of river clean-up starting at Shelby Park, Nashville TN. We hopped in the van to our drop off on “Mill Creek” at Lebanon Pike . After safety guidelines and some facts about waste in our rivers, we went out on the water.
Cumberland River Kayak Co provided the kayaks, paddles and PFDs. Metro Nashville Public Works supplied gloves, grabbers and mesh bags to store our catch. It was hot and humid. It felt good to be on the river.
The water was very high. On Mill Creek River we found three small islands of floating trash, bottles and cans on the banks, and plastic bags in the trees.
Once on the Cumberland we found bigger trash sites, most of which we were not able to cleanup as we ran out of time; too much plastics.