Volunteers needed to cleanup flood debris at Percy Priest Lake

Wednesday, October 27, 2010 at 10:16pm
Staff reports

It’s hard to believe it’s been almost six months since record rainfall produced destructive and, in a few cases, deadly flooding throughout the Mid-state.

Many folks have gotten their homes and lives back in order, but some green spaces still need a bit of sprucing up.

The Nashville Clean Water Project and the city of La Vergne are teaming up the clear debris and trash from the shores of Percy Priest Lake. The cleanup event starts at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 30 along the old roadbed near the Hurricane Creek Boat Ramp, off Stones River Road in La Vergne.

Organizers of this cleanup are seeking Scout troops, churches, school groups, as well as individuals to help make the area more attractive.

Parks and Recreation Department Director Robin Grubb said the city of La Vergne is working with the Corps of Engineers and the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency to create five to 10 miles of proposed greenways around the city. Leaders hope to connect the new paths with greenways in Smyrna and Nashville.

"It's a beautiful area with lots of scenic spots that will allow people to enjoy walking while coming into contact with nature,” Grubb said in a written statement.

The Nashville Clean Water Project is an ongoing, volunteer-based project started in 2007 to combat trash and dumping problems at Percy Priest Lake.

Sixty volunteers have pre-registered, but organizers want more. Advance registration is encouraged at www.CleanPercyPriest.org.

Pre-registration ends at midnight Friday, Oct. 29.