Gulfport, Miss. – Mississippi Power’s award-winning environmental cleanup and stewardship campaign, Renew Our Rivers, will return to South Mississippi’s waterways in the fall of 2021, beginning with the Pascagoula River Cleanup on Oct. 1.

After the COVID-19 pandemic forced the cancellation of all Renew Our Rivers cleanups in 2020, organizers have been busy planning for the return of the program that’s cleared almost 400 tons of trash and debris from nearly 20 bodies of water in Mississippi Power’s service territory.

“We know the impacts these cleanups have on the areas we target, and our employee volunteers and community partners cannot wait to get back on the water after a lost year in 2020,” said Mississippi Power Environmental Affairs Director Mark Loughman. “We’ll continue to follow COVID safety protocols at these events, because nothing is more important than the safety of our volunteers.”

Other 2021 Renew Our River events will include:

  • Back Bay Biloxi
  • Gulfport Lake
  • Deer Island Cleanup
  • Okatoma River
  • Chunky River
  • Turkey Creek
  • Pass Christian
  • Red Creek

The Deer Island Cleanup, which is typically held around Earth Day each year, will once again feature volunteers from several Biloxi casinos. Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Biloxi, Harrah’s Gulf Coast and Golden Nugget Biloxi Hotel & Casino have committed to the barrier island cleanup event.

Mississippi Power’s Renew Our Rivers campaign began in August 2005. Since then, thousands of volunteers have safely removed enough trash from South Mississippi waterways to nearly equal the weight of three Statues of Liberty.

The company is also announcing today that Bring It! – the Harrison County household hazardous waste event – will once again be held at Plant Watson on Saturday, Oct. 23. This year’s event will mark the 25th year that Mississippi Power and the Harrison County Beautification Commission have partnered to allow county residents to safely dispose of paint, oils, tires, white goods, e-waste and other products in an environmentally responsible way.

More information on this event, including the types of materials that will be accepted, will be announced at a later date.

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