Flooding Leaves 'Trash Island' at Beargrass Flood Pumping Station

Trash Island
March 1, 2018

"Trash Island."

At Beargrass Flood Pumping Station, it's the collection of detritus that has gathered in the aftermath of the area's flooding: tires, coolers, empty two-liter bottles, a door, even a Valentine Day's balloon. The decision was made to leave the large amount of trash at the pump station until floodwaters recede because the debris ultimately began to function as an additional filter for the mechanical components of the station. The “trash island” eventually will have to be removed by a crane.

It serves as a reminder to not litter, and to always dispose of trash properly before it finds its way into waterways.