Gulfport Lake cleanup closes out 2017 Renew Our Rivers campaign

Gulfport Lake cleanup closes out 2017 Renew Our Rivers campaign


Another successful Renew Our Rivers campaign came to a close last Wednesday with nearly 90 company and partner volunteers taking to the waterways, bayous and islands of Gulfport Lake.

The seventh and final event of the 2017 campaign saw the volunteers remove five tons of debris – including a kayak, a freezer, an innertube and more than a dozen tires – from south Mississippi waters.

“Our volunteers found plenty of debris that Nate either uncovered along a shoreline or moved out into a bayou,” Courtney VanderSchaaf, Renew Our Rivers program coordinator, said. “The weather was perfect and everyone was excited to do their part in helping to keep our environment healthy.”

2017 marks the 12th year of Renew Our Rivers cleanups in Mississippi Power’s service territory.

Almost 500 volunteers participated in a cleanup this year. They removed nearly 21 tons of debris.

The 12-year total of debris removal is more than 362 tons.

“Every year, we consistently have around 500 volunteers for the Renew Our Rivers cleanups. Many of them are repeat volunteers year after year,” Environmental Affairs Director Mark Loughman said. “That consistency is also present with our program partners, who share our commitment to environmental stewardship. The results we see at these cleanups would not be possible without the support of Mississippi Power’s employees and management and our community partners.”

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