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 Kayak access. After safety guidelines and some facts about waste in our rivers, we went out on the water. We did not expect to find islands of trash on the creek which prompted one of us to shout: "it stinks in here!"
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 as well as deposits on the banks, and plastic bags in the trees.
As you see on the video, when we reached the Cumberland River we found bigger trash sites, most of which we were not able to cleanup as we ran out of time; we'll do better next time.
Stinks versus fragrances
As we are repulsed by the stinks we also are enticed by enjoyable smells. See why a lot of attractive fragrances are dangerous to our health: ‘Stink’(1H30min) available on Netflix. A disturbing truth hiding in plain view, which is that many products on our store shelves are not safe