Mississippi Power’s 2014 Renew Our Rivers campaign wraps up

Mississippi Power’s 2014 Renew Our Rivers campaign wraps up

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Mississippi Power’s annual Renew Our Rivers campaign wrapped up its 2014 efforts during the first week of October with cleanups on Gulfport Lake, the Pascagoula River and Picayune’s Boley Creek.

More than 250 volunteers scooped up 8.6 tons at the three cleanups, bringing the total amount of trash removed at all seven cleanup events in 2014 to 14.1 tons. Since the program began in 2005, Mississippi Power volunteers and partners have removed more than 291 tons of debris from nearly 20 different waterways.

Mississippi Power CEO Ed Holland was one of the volunteers at the Pascagoula River cleanup. He was impressed with the “well-oiled machine” he saw on the water.

“I am so proud of our employees for volunteering their time, their efforts and their boats for Renew Our Rivers,” Holland said. “They love giving back and it’s exciting to see. They take tremendous pride in what this program does and that is palpable.”

Some items of note that were found include more than 1,000 lbs. of tires, several large freezers, a sunken jet ski and an abandoned boat.

“This event is so successful because of the partnerships that we’ve built and maintained across our 23-county service territory,” Johnny Atherton, vice president of Corporate Services and Community Relations, said. “We aim to be citizens where we serve, and one of the key ways to do that is through our environmental stewardship efforts.”

2014 Renew Our Rivers Event Tons Collected
Deer Island 2.44
Back Bay Biloxi 2.46
Chunky River 0.38
Okatoma River 0.3
Gulfport Lake 4.8
Pascagoula River 2.76
Boley Creek 1.0