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Volunteers Clean Nashville's Richland Creek - John Dunn

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Dozens of people come out to clean one of Nashville's waterways. Richland Creek runs through the West side of Davidson County, and volunteers help to preserve its beauty.

Saturday was a day for action beside Richland Creek. About 50 volunteers waded through the water and roamed its shores. All of the volunteers were picking up trash and debris that do not belong. "Trash from development, shopping centers, things like that wind up in the creek, sometimes from people just discarding it," says volunteer John Summers.

The Richland Creek Watershed Alliance has held 25 clean-ups like this one over the last eight years. Their message is simple. "We only have one Earth, and everybody needs to get involved in keeping it clean," says volunteer Jackie Clark.

"We're so unique to have something in our backyard like this, and we need to take care of it if we expect it to stay clean," says Monette Rebecca with the Richland Creek Watershed Alliance.

Some of the trash comes from the busy Charlotte Pike corridor. There is debris from local businesses and trash thrown from cars. Hundreds of pounds were collected in just a few hours.

The Richland Creek volunteers are making a difference. Cleaning the creek preserves wildlife, eliminates pollution, and helps control flooding. "The streams are not as dirty as they used to be when we first started," says Monette Rebecca.

Their hope is that others respect stream and rivers and keep them clean everyday. "I'm just glad that we're here to help," says volunteer Jackie Clark.

Richland Creek runs through parts of Belle Meade, The Nations, and Sylvan Park. It flows into the Cumberland River, where many of you get your water.

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