Dog River Litter Trap Fails Again After Storm

Dog River Litter Trap Fails Again After Storm

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Just last month, the city spent money and time sending a city crew member to New Orleans to be trained on how to fix the litter trap in Eslava Creek.

It sunk after heavy rains in February. A city worker spent time being trained on how to add the extended metal poles. The thought being that when river water started rising, so too would the trap.

However, with Mobile experiencing another rough storm Thursday night, the trap sank once again. And all the litter that would have been collected is right back in the river.

"Well, it's disappointing because we've looked forward to this thing being fixed, and in proper order and working, and we thought it was," says Wythe Whiting.

Wythe Whiting helps with the Dog River Clearwater Revival efforts. He says he'd rather the city get this test trap right than waste money buying any more traps for other areas in the river. He says they should visit traps being used successfully in Georgia.

"If I were doing this, personally, I would want to see another trap in action and see it work. The city has been very responsive to our organization. They have sent plenty of people out here to work on this."

And it seems like crews were able to get out early this morning to fix the problem. The question now is, if this keeps happening, is there a permanent solution?

Whiting says the group originally envisioned a different trap being used, much bigger and much more expensive—but it's also been proven.

"But hopefully something better will come up in the future."

Officials with the city were not in the office Friday and could not be reached for comment. When we talked with them last time the trap failed, they said that since it is a "test trap", they would continue to conduct studies to make a more informed decision when it comes to purchasing the two other traps they are obligated to buy for the Dog River. We'll keep on this story and let you know what we find out.

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