Mississippi Power continues effort to clean state's waters

Mississippi Power continues effort to clean state's waters
Dozens of Mississippi Power employees and other volunteers took to the water Friday to pick up bags of trash and discarded items, like tires, and old furniture. (Photo source: WLOX)
Dozens of Mississippi Power employees and other volunteers took to the water Friday to pick up bags of trash and discarded items, like tires, and old furniture. (Photo source: WLOX)
Friday was the fifth Renew our Rivers day in Mississippi in 2016. There are several more planned for the rest of the year. (Photo source: WLOX)
Friday was the fifth Renew our Rivers day in Mississippi in 2016. There are several more planned for the rest of the year. (Photo source: WLOX)
In the last 11 years, Renew our Rivers volunteers have collected 330 tons of trash. (Photo source: WLOX)
In the last 11 years, Renew our Rivers volunteers have collected 330 tons of trash. (Photo source: WLOX)

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - Making Mississippi's waters cleaner. That's what one company spent Friday doing. It's an effort by Mississippi Power to remove tons of trash from our Mississippi waters.

The campaign, started by Southern Company in Alabama, took hold here just before Hurricane Katrina. Dozens of employees and other volunteers from around the area took to the water to pick up bags of trash and discarded items, like tires, and old furniture.

The Renew our Rivers campaign has amassed a staggering amount of trash in its 11 years.

"Since we've been doing this, we've collected somewhere in the neighborhood of 330 tons of trash. It's really rewarding when you can come back to the dock at the end of the day and see one or more dumpsters full of trash and know that you actually made a difference," said Director of Environmental Affairs Mark Loughman.

Friday was the fifth Renew our Rivers day in Mississippi in 2016. There are several more planned for the rest of the year.

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