Flood put focus on Tennessee waterways

Flood put focus on Tennessee waterways

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NASHVILLE (AP) - Tennessee waterways have received a new appreciation since the 2010 flood.

Before the flood, Nashville resident Ryan Glore would help pick up litter along roadways. Afterward, he focused his efforts on clearing debris from the Harpeth River that flows through his backyard.

He is one of many whose attention has turned to taking better care of Tennessee waterways since the devastating flood that took lives and destroyed homes.

Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation scenic rivers administrator Jane Polansky told The Tennessean that they used to see the same volunteers come out to clean up waterways, but now they have "brand-new faces." She said people are "expanding what they view as their 'backyard.'"

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