Seminar: Cleaning Up the Cumberland River

September 24, 2015
5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Belmont United Methodist Church, Room 124
2007 Acklen Ave.
Nashville, TN 37212

Speaker:  Bob Teague

Water is life-giving and water is life-sustaining.  I took a warm shower this morning with about ten gallons of ‘clean’ water.  The water felt clean and as clear.  It had no foul odor and left no residue that I could detect.  Our water should be free of toxic chemicals that would  arm me, my family, or my community.  I play a monthly fee for water for bathing, cooking, and drinking.

The Cumberland River is the local source for our drinking water, fishing, and recreation, crop irrigation, manufacturing, etc.  We can also marvel at its aesthetic beauty and majestic power.

River water comes from groundwater springs flowing into streams that mix with runoff from rain-soaked streets, farms, and industrial sites.  This mixture continues to accumulate minerals, chemicals, and debris as it flows into larger bodies of water toward municipal treatments plants.

Water treatment plants are expensive to build and to operate safely and efficiently, and they eventually have to be enhanced, repaired, or replaced as demand grows and new technologies are developed.  As more pollutants enter the river upstream, the cost of water is going up.

This seminar is part of UNA – Cordell Hull’s year-long focus on international water issues.