When the Trash Can Becomes trash

June 2nd, 2019, Ross Miller from the Cumberland River Compact invited volunteers out on the Cumberland River for an afternoon of river clean-up starting at Rock Harbor Marina, Nashville TN. After safety guidelines and some facts about waste in our rivers, we went out on the water. Half the group chose paddleboards and the other kayaks.

Since I had never tried it before, I chose the paddleboard. The equipment was supplied with T-shirts,  water, gloves, grabbers and mesh bags to store our catch. A flat bottom powerboat was available to pick up tires, large items and our full bags. It was a sunny day with a nice breeze. Back at the Marina 3hrs later we enjoyed a complimentary lunch which was very appreciated.

When done, we were asked if some of us would like to go back out for and hour to recover more of the large trash from the riverbanks. I didn’t miss that opportunity and was able to document some of it.

As you can see it is hard work to dig out tires, metal, trash cans and scrap from the riverbanks.

Trash in our rivers
When the trash can becomes trash in the Cumberland River
The work horse for river cleanup
Arriving at the cleanup area
Large Trash Recovered
An hour well spent
Four hours of Cumberland River cleanup with CRC Nashville TN
An afternoon worth of river cleanup thanks to volunteers and team work

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