Renew Our Rivers cleanup begins Wednesday

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - More the 60 corporate, community and governmental partners will team up with Mississippi Power Company for the fifth Renew Our Rivers cleanup event.

The cleanup, set for Oct. 13 - Oct. 16, will stretch across four counties to cover more waterways and involve more volunteers.

Last year, the Renew our Rivers event enlisted more than 500 volunteers who collected 16.7 tons of debris, trash and garbage. Among the items picked up, tires, refrigerators, propane tanks and even a flat screen TV.

The 2010 Renew Our Rivers will focus on the Pascagoula River, Deer Island in Biloxi, Turkey Creek in Gulfport, the Hancock County Marshlands at Ansley and Boley Creek in Picayune.

"This event not only serves the environment, it brings people together in an effort to preserve our natural resources," said Verdell Hawkins, corporate spokesman, Mississippi Power.

Mississippi Renew Our Rivers has removed more than 122 tons of debris from Southeast Mississippi waterways and received the national Keep America Beautiful Award three years in a row for beautification and litter prevention education.

"We are working closely with communities across Southeast Mississippi to create a heightened awareness among boaters and water enthusiasts," Hawkins said.