Garbage in the Gulf of Mexico often comes from upstream. But thanks to a recent project, nearly 32 pounds of trash headed for the Gulf was collected from a Metairie canal.
Part of a project funded by the Gulf of Mexico Alliance and Gulf Star member Hess, the Pontchartrain Conservancy partnered with Osprey Initiative to install a “Litter Gitter” device that intercepts floating litter from stormwater runoff.
The trash collected was more than half plastic and a quarter Styrofoam. Water bottles made up a large part of what was collected, emphasizing our need to use refillable bottles and reduce waste.
– Amanda Nally, Gulf of Mexico Alliance
This story originally appeared on The New Orleans 100. View the original article online here.