Operation Renew Our Rivers cleans up Coast waterways

Operation Renew Our Rivers cleans up Coast waterways

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - South Mississippi's waterways are now cleaner thanks to dozens of volunteers.

It's an effort called Renew Our Rivers, and it's a program Mississippi Power adopted from its neighbor Alabama Power.

"We have a lot of trash each year to pick up. It's the most popular thing that our employees engage in every year," said Mark Loughman with Mississippi Power.

About 60 volunteers hopped aboard boats headed out into the Bay of Saint Louis, and surrounding rivers and marshes.

"It is surprising whenever you get out there and really start looking," said Ashley Moran.

The volunteers spent the day hauling in all kinds of interesting debris. Old tvs, furniture, toys, and even a deck made it back in the trash pick up. Loughman says the day is made possible with the amount of manpower made available.

"We had a terrific outpouring of support from company volunteers and community partners," said Loughman.

As a community partner, Chemours planter manager Mark Smith made his Pass Christian employees and land available to help move the effort forward.

"We want to be good stewards of the land we have here. We have about 2,600 acres of which only about 200 is developed, so we take every opportunity to serve the community we operate in," said Smith.

This year, the Renew Our Rivers clean up effort filled several dumpsters with 4.5 tons of trash. So far, hundreds of tons of trash have been collected through the program.

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