Litter is a significant problem polluting the Mobile Bay Watershed. Not only is it ugly, litter chokes wildlife – fish, turtles, birds, etc. – ultimately decreasing oxygen in the water. Mobile Baykeeper builds partnerships so we can work together to solve our litter problem. We have developed a litter cleanup toolkit to lend communities and groups so they can make a difference in their own neighborhoods. We educate citizens, businesses, and governments that the real solution to preventing litter has to be a community-wide effort in education, prevention, enforcement, and cleanups.
We host several community cleanups and apple snail removals throughout the year. We also provide cleanup kits that can be checked out from our office so you are able to clean up in your neighborhood with neighbors, friends, and family. These kits can be checked out at any time during our regular office hours (M-F, 8:30-5). You can print the form and materials HERE, or fill them out when you stop by the office to pick up your cleanup kit.
Why? One cleanup can change your life! It isn’t until you get out there and see the problem firsthand that you fully understand how big a problem litter is. Once you see it, you’ll never want to litter again!
In August 2017, We received a $56,000 grant from the National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration (NOAA) to implement a marine debris removal project on One Mile Creek and help Mobile move toward a Litter-Free Mardi Gras. We have been working on this campaign ever since. Click here to learn more about restoration, protection, and prevention in our Litter-Free Mardi Gras campaign.
Why? Litter from parades enters storm drains and winds up in our local waterways and ultimately in Mobile Bay.
Plastic Free Gulf Coast is a growing partnership and collaboration of residents, businesses, municipalities, and community members across the five Gulf Coast states, and is built on the idea that going Plastic Free is a process. Plastic Free Gulf Coast hopes to inspire and build on small changes that eventually become part of people’s lives and the economy. Click here to learn more about Plastic Free Gulf Coast and Mobile Baykeeper’s involvement.
Why? Single-use plastics are the most commonly found item in litter cleanups after cigarette butts!
Litter-Free Mardi Gras
Through our Strategic Watershed Awareness & Monitoring Program (SWAMP), LeFlore High School students identified litter as the number one issue threatening their local waterways. To solve it, they designed a public awareness campaign based around these videos and their Facebook page, Litter-Free LeFlore.