Several employees from the Nissan legal department left their Cool Springs North American headquarters early on Friday and spent the day cleaning up trash in Harpeth River.
By the time the four and one-half-mile-long excursion was over, their canoes were full of bicycle tires, concrete blocks, metal parts, plastic bottles and various other flotsam that the river no longer has to contend with.
For many of the employees, the cleanup day was their first opportunity to paddle down the river. The tour and clean-up was organized by the Harpeth River Watershed Association, a Brentwood-based nonprofit.
“It’s nice seeing all of the trees, it’s discouraging seeing all the junk,” said John Dab, senior counsel of Nissan’s legal department. “There is major pollution in the river. We will definitely be back. Nissan is a big supporter of HRWA and when we were looking for a project, this was a great fit.”
The head of corporate and transaction team for Nissan, Dale Kimball, said that going on river “made him an activist.”
“The Harpeth River is beautiful,” he said. “It’s amazing what you find in the city limits. We saw a heron. I’ve lived here for two years and this is the first time I’ve been out here. I’ll be taking my kids. Williamson County is a great place to live.”