Coordination begins for annual Renew Our Rivers campaign

Coordination begins for annual Renew Our Rivers campaign

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Renew Our Rivers

Renew Our Rivers, Mississippi Power’s premiere, national award winning environmental stewardship program, is getting geared up for another busy year of debris removal from Mississippi waterways.

Five cleanup locations and dates are set, while several others are targeted for 2017.

Heading into the 12th year of the program, Renew Our Rivers efforts have collected more than 340 tons of debris from waterways across the company’s service territory.

During the 2016 campaign, 580 volunteers collected more than 25 tons of debris.

“Every year, people committed to preserving the environment and improving their communities work together to make the program better than the previous year,” said Courtney VanderSchaaf, the 2017 Renew Our Rivers coordinator. “We continue to partner with corporate, national, regional and community volunteers to help make and keep our waterways in southeast Mississippi safe and healthy.”

VanderSchaaf also said opportunities to spread the Renew Our Rivers message are there thanks to new waterways on the radar for the 2017 calendar.

“The goal is not only to help the environment, but also to educate the public and raise awareness on the protection and preservation of our area’s precious natural resources,” she added. “The people that take part in these cleanups genuinely care about the communities where they work and live. At the end of each event, you can look in that dumpster and see the impact it has on our environment. Their commitment is contagious and inspires even more people to get involved each year.”

Community cleanup partnerships this year include the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino- Biloxi, Harrah’s Gulf Coast Casino, Golden Nugget Casino, Coast Electric, the Friends of Boley Creek in Picayune, Chemours, Harrison County Beautification, Industrial Valve and M&M Bank.

VanderSchaaf added that safety is also at the cornerstone of each Renew Our Rivers cleanup event, with no accidents or injuries reported in the history of the project.

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