PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - If you take a look at the banks of the Pascagoula River Thursday evening, you'll see a difference. Thanks to the Renew Our Rivers campaign, the banks are much cleaner.
Led by Mississippi Power employees, dozens of volunteers converged on the banks of the river; ready to do battle against trash. The goal was to win and they did, picking the shorelines clean.
"I think it's a good idea to come out and help the community and do my part to clean up, to help the beautification process and pick up some litter," volunteer Kellie Moore explained.
Old tires prove to be a stubborn adversary, but they were still no match for the determination of the volunteers.
"We're finding everything from cans to plastic bottles, to plastic tarps, broken glass, metal old chairs people have left and just about anything you can think of," said Carey Olsen.
Many of the volunteers have a personal connection to Mother Nature, spending a lot of time outdoors.
We feel we have a commitment to our environment. We live here, we work here. This is our community, we want to be a part of it and make sure it stays the way we want to see it. It's our responsibility to keep the Pascagoula River clean, added Brad Bradford.
Renew Our Rivers has been going on for 10 years, and so have the volunteers from Mississippi Power, using the tools of their trade: grabbers and plastic bags.
Mark Loughman with Mississippi Power noted, "This year we passed a pretty impressive milestone. We picked up our 300th ton of debris yesterday in Gulfport. We had a bit of a competition between Plant Watson in Gulfport and Plant Daniel here in Pascagoula but we did hit the 300 ton mark yesterday."
Before working on the banks of the Pascagoula, the volunteers helped to clean up Gulfport Lake and a portion of Turkey Creek on Wednesday.