Posts tagged Harpeth River

Great American Clean Up, Week Two

Week2_2110One of the neighborhoods along Newsom Station Road, Lexington Point, has contacted me about helping to clean up this stretch of road. Hopefully, we’ll have a group clean up on April 17 or April 24.

Today, one woman (me) with one bag (in photo) cleaned up the area that is above Beech Creek. The trash eventually washes down into the creek which flows into the Harpeth River, where I get my drinking water.

Most of what I picked up isĀ  not recyclable. I picked up a faux leather cell phone holder, a pair of socks (one was on each side of the road), lots of plastic grocery bags, styrofoam cups from fast food outlets, lots of paper and food containers, etc. The most common item I found today was one-serving salad dressing cups. I bet I found 20 of them. Some were empty; some were full. I also found a full bottle of beer.

Russell, I found several illegals signs. Most were for lost dogs, found cats or garage sales. All of which had disintegrated. Only the roofing sign (in photo) survived intact, but mostly buried in the ground.

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Dumping in Storm Drains

I commend the folks at Metro Public Works, Metro Water and Metro Public Health for moving quickly on this blog’s report about the dry wall spackle dumped in our storm drain.

Metro Water sent someone out to inspect the drain and to check if the substance had made its way to Beech Creek where our storm water drains to the Harpeth River. If we knew who the contractor was, Metro Health will send him a Notice of Violation.

There is a number to report dumping into storm drains. The number in Davidson County is 615.313.PURE. It is best to find the person in the act of the dumping.

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Why Don't People Pick Up After Themselves?

plasticrings_1408I could not believe the amount of litter I found today during my long run. Starting out, I found a group of condoms (I think unused. I did not get close enough to check.). Apparently a neighborhood teen has discovered condoms. I hope he or she knows how to use them if necessary.

Later, I found these plastic rings and picked them up on my return trip home. Plastic rings are very dangerous to wildlife.

As I was running along the Harpeth River, I followed a soccer ball floating in the middle of the river. From a distance, it appeared to be a nice one.

Unfortunately, these are not the only pieces of litter I saw on my eight-mile run. There were the usual cigarette butts, plastic bottles and plastic bags. Did I say that I was running through nice middle and upper middle class neighborhoods?

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Why Don’t People Pick Up After Themselves?

plasticrings_1408I could not believe the amount of litter I found today during my long run. Starting out, I found a group of condoms (I think unused. I did not get close enough to check.). Apparently a neighborhood teen has discovered condoms. I hope he or she knows how to use them if necessary.

Later, I found these plastic rings and picked them up on my return trip home. Plastic rings are very dangerous to wildlife.

As I was running along the Harpeth River, I followed a soccer ball floating in the middle of the river. From a distance, it appeared to be a nice one.

Unfortunately, these are not the only pieces of litter I saw on my eight-mile run. There were the usual cigarette butts, plastic bottles and plastic bags. Did I say that I was running through nice middle and upper middle class neighborhoods?

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Trash in the Green River: Who’s to Blame?

Go to komonews.com and watch the video about trash dumped in the Green River in Washington. There are shopping carts, bicycles, CDs, all kinds of horrible things that shouldn’t be in our drinking water sources. Obviously no one knows who did it, and no one seems to want to clean it up.

With all the trash dumped around my neighborhood, I would hate to see what is at the bottom of the Harpeth River.

And can someone tell me why anyone would want to roll a shopping cart down a highway or into a creek?

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Trash in the Green River: Who's to Blame?

Go to komonews.com and watch the video about trash dumped in the Green River in Washington. There are shopping carts, bicycles, CDs, all kinds of horrible things that shouldn’t be in our drinking water sources. Obviously no one knows who did it, and no one seems to want to clean it up.

With all the trash dumped around my neighborhood, I would hate to see what is at the bottom of the Harpeth River.

And can someone tell me why anyone would want to roll a shopping cart down a highway or into a creek?

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Great American Clean Up

PlanetTrash participated in another Great American Clean Up event yesterday. We sponsored two this year and will do more, earlier, next year. We fought ticks in the May events. Not fun.

PlanetTrash was scratched by one of the metal signs a brave volunteer rescued from floating away in the Harpeth River. We immediately drove to a local pharmacy and received a tetanus shot. Critters (even ourselves) can be harmed by the trash we fail to remove.

While our contribution to the GACU was modest, we are proud. Let’s try to reduce the amount of litter volunteers have to clean up next year. Don’t Litter.

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