Fall Renew Our Rivers campaign gears up to cleanup

Fall Renew Our Rivers campaign gears up to cleanup


Renew Our Rivers, Mississippi Power’s national award-winning environmental stewardship program, has four events scheduled for the 2017 fall campaign, including a new cleanup location in Stone County.

The program, a partnership featuring corporate, national, regional and community volunteers, aims to help make and keep the waterways of the company’s 23 county service territory healthy.

This spring, nearly 5 tons of debris was collected during four events at Deer Island, Biloxi’s Back Bay, the Chunky River and the Okatoma River.

“Our spring campaign was very successful, with more than 240 volunteers pitching in to make a difference on our waterways,” said Courtney VanderSchaaf, Renew Our Rivers coordinator. “We’re excited to continue the 2017 cleanup schedule with stops at Red Creek, Pass Christian, the Pascagoula River and Gulfport Lake.”

VanderSchaaf added that the Red Creek cleanup is brand new for this year.

“We’re partnering with Friends of the Red Creek, Stone County Board of Supervisors, and O’Neal-Bond Engineering, DeSoto Ranger District of the Forest Service, Keesler Air Force Base and Northwood Church,” said Arnie Williams, Mississippi Power Wiggins area manager and Red Creek cleanup event coordinator. “There are areas along the creek where debris has collected over the year. We’re excited to help clean up the environment and give back to the community.”

In 2016, about 580 volunteers collected 28 tons of debris at eight cleanup events. Since the program started 12 years ago, more than 345 tons of debris have been collected from waterways across the company’s service territory.

“This started out with a handful of people,” VanderSchaaf said. “Now, it’s a major effort. We couldn’t do this without the enthusiasm, commitment to teamwork and dedication to the program we receive from our company volunteers as well as our corporate and community partners.”

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