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Mississippi marsh cleanup continues


By Sylvia Hall – bio | email

OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - Oil in Louisiana's marshes has ramped up the urgency for wetland cleanup in Mississippi, according to some volunteers. Coastal Rivers, an organization aimed at cleaning South Mississippi's waterways and marshlands, spent Saturday picking up garbage, boards and other debris out of Ocean Springs marshes. 

It's one of many cleanup events in what the group's founder, Jeff Wilkinson, calls a "pre-emptive strike" against the oil. 

"Until they stop the flow, there's no telling where the oil's going to end up," said Wilkinson.  "So far we've been lucky here, but if it continues to flow, we're going to run out of places for it to be that's not here."

Wilkinson hopes to clean the marshes as thoroughly as possible, so there will be less toxic waste to clean if the oil does was ashore in South Mississippi.

"Right now our push is going to be in the lower marsh," said Wilkinson, "And we're going to clean up until we feel like its as clean as we can get it, or the oil gets here and then we have to turn it over to the haz-mat people."

Cleanup events are posted on the group's website. If you'd like to help Coastal Rivers with the cleanup or get involved in the organization, you can call Jeff Wilkinson at 228-217-8687.

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