JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - By the end of the day, the shores of the Pascagoula River will be a little bit cleaner, thanks to the annual Renew Our Rivers campaign.
More than 100 volunteers from Mississippi Power Company, which sponsors the event, showed up to help clean the shoreline. What they found was telling, and even disappointing.
"Beer bottles, water bottles. Found a bicycle helmet, a couple of Igloos, Styrofoam, just a little bit of everything," Johnny George said.
Many of the volunteers said this was just a way to give back to the community. Others say they enjoy the river on a weekly basis and want to keep it clean.
"I enjoy bringing my friends and family out here when we come out here. It's just ugly to see and if we pick it up now, it's less that we have to deal with when we're out here," Katie Escher explained.
When Hurricane Nate visited he brought a lot of trash with him, but ironically, Nate's high winds could be beneficial for the cleanup.
"Nate, with the storm surge, redistributed it, so it's in places that, trash that was harder to find maybe last week is easier to find this week," said river tour boat operator Jeff Wilkinson.
"When you're out enjoying the river, either put it in a bag or a box or some of these ice chests we found floating around, fill it with your trash and bring it back with you. Take it home and dispose of it in the proper manner," said Kevin Dearman.
More than 4 tons of trash was picked up in 2016. This year, that amount will probably rise simply because of the trash that was dumped into the river system during Hurricane Nate.