BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Mississippi Power's Renew our Rivers clean-up campaign targeted Back Bay in Biloxi on Tuesday. A team of volunteers from the company and community spent the day removing all sorts of marine debris from the waters and shoreline.
Volunteers launched their boats early from the dock beneath the I-110. And in no time at all they were pulling all sorts of debris from the marsh grass along the shore of Biloxi's Back Bay.
In 2012, Mississippi Power and its partners removed more than 31 tons of trash and assorted debris from public waterways.
"We partner with a number of local organizations, community volunteers, and like-minded businesses to be able to combine our resources and help clean our local waterways," said Mississippi Power Spokesman Keith Guillot.
Mississippi Power employee Jason Manley and his team pulled an assortment of trash from the banks along the bay.
"We pulled up some tires, lot of plastic, Styrofoam. Just about anything you can imagine. We have a good turnout. More than a handful of boats, and probably about 40 or 50 volunteers that are helping pick these items up," said Manley.
Much of the clean-up team comes from power company employees.
"Our employees take great pride in this. This is something we look forward to, partnering with the community every year," Guillot explained. "This is where we live, work and play. And it's nice to be able to make sure that not only that these areas stay healthy, but that they're safe for our families and our customers' families as well."
A crew from Alabama Power used a small crane to loosen a partially submerged and abandoned boat.
Back at the dock, volunteers unloaded tires and other large pieces of trash removed from the bay.
Renew Our Rivers includes eight clean-up projects this year from mid-April through early October.
"To make sure that Renew Our Rivers can stretch as far as possible and we can clean as many of these lakes and rivers as possible," Guillot said.
Renew Our Rivers held at clean-up project on Deer Island in Biloxi last month. In early October, they will host a clean-up of Turkey Creek in Gulfport.