Renew Our Rivers volunteers clean up Deer Island

Renew Our Rivers volunteers clean up Deer Island

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -More than 100 volunteers took part in Mississippi Power’s annual Renew Our Rivers Deer Island cleanup Friday morning. The event featured a day with nature combined with environmental stewardship.

Mississippi Power began the Renew Our Rivers campaign back in 2005 and since then, more than 380 tons of debris have been cleaned out of area waterways.

"At Mississippi Power, I’m impressed by how our volunteers want to come out and clean up their communities,” said Courtney VanderSchaaf, Renew Our Rivers program coordinator.

In 10 years on Deer Island alone, Renew Our Rivers volunteers have cleaned up more than 20 tons of debris.

"We’re excited to say we’re finding less and less debris when we come out here. We’re finding that the community is cleaning up with us,” VanderSchaaf added.

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