Renew Our Rivers volunteers pick up 12 tons of debris

Renew Our Rivers volunteers pick up 12 tons of debris

A pair of Renew Our Rivers cleanup events in south Mississippi this week saw Mississippi Power and partner volunteers pick up almost 12 tons of debris.

Nearly 175 volunteers turned out at the Bay of St. Louis on Wednesday and the Pascagoula River on Thursday.

“We had a tremendous response from our employees and our partners at these two events,” Environmental Affairs Director Mark Loughman said. “Every volunteer I spoke with was excited to get their hands dirty to help clean up the coast.”

While the events had been scheduled for months, the October arrival of Hurricane Nate provided the volunteers with easier access to debris that would normally have been hidden.

“We’ve got people walking along parts of the Pascagoula River that we typically can’t reach,” Loughman said. “And they’re finding plenty of plastic bottles, tires, ice chests and more. It’s great that we’re able to remove it from the water, but it’s really disappointing that people are so careless with their trash.”

Renew Our Rivers volunteers have now removed more than 17 tons of debris from south Mississippi waterways this year.

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