Litter Continues to Plague Mobile Waterways

Litter Continues to Plague Mobile Waterways

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A picture sent to us by a local kayaker shows globs of trash floating underneath the I-165 bridge...

"I think that's the most ridiculous mess I've ever seen," said Christopher Spencer.

So we went to find the litter ourselves. While we couldn't get to the exact spot where the photo was taken, we did see trash along the water's edge. The recent rain and wind pushing the junk further into Three Mile Creek. Styrofoam, tires, plastic bottles, you name it.

"They don't realize that the next place that that litter is going is into their favorite river and into Mobile Bay. So Stormwater is the big education campaign that we are doing," said Casi Calloway with Mobile Baykeeper.

Casi Calloway with Mobile Baykeeper says litter is a three fold problem - starting with individual responsibility, the city making efforts to clean it up and law enforcement agencies enforcing the law.

"It is absolutely their responsibility. Litter is pollution, it is regulated as a pollutant, the state agency is forcing the city of mobile to address it as a pollutant. The city has to step up and do their job on it," said Calloway.

This recent area in question falls in City Councilman William Carroll's district. He admits litter is a huge problem and is working on a solution to fix it.

"Constantly I'm looking to a litter trap on Three Mile Creek. We are looking forward to the annual cleanups that we do along the bay areas and those types of ways," said Carroll.

In hopes that just maybe one day, people will get the picture.

I think it's awful. There's no excuse to litter," said Larry Wiggins.

The last two litter traps ranged in cost of about 50 to 200 thousand dollars and have failed multiple times. The Mobile Baykeeper believes the city needs to have a more permanent cleanup crews in place to address the problem. In the meantime, the city has set up a hotline to report litter. All you have to do is dial 3-1-1.

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