Here is a link to the video that WKRN shot about the Nashville Clean Water Project clean up day at Percy Priest Lake. I’m the figure in a white shirt and black pants walking in the woods. I’m carrying a trash bag and a PVC pipe: Tons of Trash Found at Percy Priest.
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The Nashville Clean Water Project held their third trash pick up in a year on the islands of Percy Priest Lake today. Luckily the rains held back which made perfect weather for picking up trash. I was in a group which picked up trash off Bear Island. No, we did not find bears, but we found at least two deer skeletons picked clean by vultures. What we did find was lots of trash. The island was covered with styrofoam from coolers and floatation devices. I found lots of glass bottles, aluminum cans and plastic bottles. I know that some of the glass Coca-Cola bottles were decades old.
I found an unopened can of beer that had been bleached white by the sun. The top had the old fashioned pull tab. I could not believe that the can had not exploded over the years. While I was tempted to open it, I left it unopened. I feared what the contents might smell like.
We found a large floatation device that had probably broken loose from the shore during a storm. It was towed back as it could be re-used.
In our group, which was the last for the day, we each picked up about four bags of trash per person. Plus we found tires, PVC pipe and other large objects.
Thanks to Mark Thien and Laurel Creech for heading up the effort.
Channel 2 had a photographer on our boat, so check their website for a video about the clean up.
Yesterday, my husband and I were walking at Radnor Lake, one of our favorite places to hike in Nashville. When I brought up the trash situation at Percy Priest Lake, John suggested that Percy Priest should become no access to gas-powered watercraft or campers to control the litter problem. Radnor Lake is treated like a sanctuary with no boating except ranger-sponsored canoe rides. There is no camping or picnicking. Dogs aren’t allowed on the trails around the lake, as deer and other wildlife are plentiful there. Yesterday, we saw an otter by the road and a doe and her fawn on the trail. I cradled a millipede and moved it off the roadway so that it wouldn’t be crushed by hikers, strollers or dogs.
For many years now, Percy Priest Lake has been geared toward recreational water sports, including boating, jet skiing, fishing, swimming and camping. It has become a trash dump. This is a hazard to wildlife and to us, as polluted water makes its way into our drinking water supply.
I suggest that every boater bring a bag or two of litter off the lake and its islands each time that they enjoy the water. Today, the Nashville Clean Water Project is taking responsibility for cleaning up the lake, but it’s the responsibility of each of us to do our part. The groups who want to protect their usage of the lake for water fun need to step up to clean the lake and to keep it clean.
Cool People Care emailed about this opportunity to help Team Green, Bridgestone Americas and others clean up Percy Priest Lake. As a 30-something, I would boat with a former boyfriend in the 1980s. We drank beer and sunk the cans or bottles in the lake. I was a bad person back then. I would never do that now.
I feel as if I should help out Saturday, but I’m involved with my own Great American Clean Up project along Newsom Station Road. I’m atoning by cleaning up someone else’s litter, while someone else cleans up my litter from long ago.