Saturday, March 26, 2016
Volunteers Clean River Debris, Educate Community
Coastal Rivers worked with local volunteers to clean waterways within the lower Pascagoula River. The effort included waterborne debris cleanup from team vessels, as well as targeted cleanup of appliance "white debris" common in the area. Using the information gained, the project worked with local groups to raise awareness with placards at local marinas and boat launches, and educate the public through presentations and website outreach.
A total of 4 sites were cleaned during 8 cleanup events, removing over 6700 lbs of debris through the efforts of 58 volunteers. This return cleanup included monitoring to assess reaccumulation. This information was used to develop educational display boards and hand-outs that were used in presentations and at local marinas.