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Trash A Major Problem Along Nashville's Waterways

Trash A Major Problem Along Nashville's Waterways

CREATED Jan 16, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Litter has become a major problem along Nashville's waterways.

On a viciously cold January day through the kind of wind that cuts you to the core Fred Harber was perched along the shores of Percy Priest Lake waiting for a bite and surrounded by trash.

"I see cans and bottle and lots of cans and glass. There's a computer monitor over there someone burned last summer," he said with a fishing rod in his hand Thursday. "I just can't imagine, what's on the bottom of this lake?"

With water levels low right now and trees all but vacant of leaves, this time of year it's even easier to spot the discarded litter.

"We're trying to reestablish community with respect to water," said Mark Thien, Executive Director of Nashville Clean Water Project. "We've got to engage people more to fix this."

He blames a lack of enforcement when it comes to litter laws and just a general lack of caring.

"I'm of the opinion that sometimes we don't even try to enforce the litter laws," he said.

With so many shorelines resembling landfills, he said it's no wonder that Davidson County has 240 miles of polluted waterways, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

"If you let one thing slide then another one slides and it's hard to get back to a clean state of being."

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