VOLUNTEER: Help clean the Percy Priest Lake shoreline

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The Percy Priest Lake shoreline is a main attraction for La Vergne, drawing in families to fish or feed the ducks and geese. The 25-mile shoreline also attracts debris and litter from nearby neighborhoods, as well as other cities along the lake.

On Saturday, April 25 starting at 9:00 a.m., volunteers will gather at the Hurricane Creek Recreation Area next to Stones River Road clean along the lakeside. With tons of trash expected to be picked up, Stormwater Project Manager Katherine Green expects several tons of trash to be collected.

"This stream clean-up is a wonderful way for citizens to take ownership of the beautiful lakes and streams that we, in LaVergne, enjoy. It's a chance to give back to our community, and to Nature herself," said Green.

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The city is encouraging civic groups and organizations to volunteer. Green said, "My hope is that, by participating in this clean-up event, the citizens of LaVergne will come to a better understanding of the impacts, both positive and negative, that we make on our community's surface waters. By learning what each of us can do to take care of our lakes and streams, our generation has the power to ensure that our children and their children have healthy, pristine waters to enjoy long after we are gone."

The land by the Hurricane Creek Boat Ramp is managed by the U.S. Corps of Engineers. "This is a beautiful wooded area with a trail that follows Hurricane Creek and feeds into the lake," said Mayor Dennis Waldron. "I hope that our volunteers will discover this natural resource while they are helping to keep it clean."

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The city will provide garbage bags and gloves, but volunteers are urged to dress appropriately with long sleeved shirts and boots. Lunch will be served following the cleanup. To confirm your participation, contact the Stormwater Department at (615) 287-8658.

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