NOAA Marine Debris Project

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'll be working on this project over the next two years. Below is an overview of each major aspect of the program. 


1. Restore


The first element of this grant is to restore One Mile Creek by implementing marine debris removals and kayak litter cleanups on this degraded waterway. This is the creek that receives a significant amount of litter from Mardi Gras through stormwater runoff. 

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2. Protect


The second element of this project is to work with the City of Mobile to install temporary litter barriers over storm drains along parade routes to prevent litter from entering the drains and polluting local rivers and creeks. This is essential to keep our waterways clean!

3. Prevent

litter-free Mardi gras campaign

The third element of this project is to create a public awareness campaign during Mardi Gras to encourage citizens to celebrate responsibly and educate them on the negative impacts Mardi Gras litter has on our waterways. Party on… Just pick it up!