Give Five cleanup removes 3,000 pounds of trash

A recent cleanup led by Osprey Initiative’s field operations leader, Sam Eubanks, yielded over 3,000 pounds of trash removed from the Moody Canal drainage ditch in Homestead, Florida. The cleanup took place with two volunteers, once a week, over the course of four weeks and was part of the company’s Give Five program – a […]

Homewood purchases “Litter Gitter” device to improve beloved creeks

Click here to view the video. HOMEWOOD, Ala. —After The Freshwater Land Trust obtained a grant for Homewood to purchase a device called “Litter Gitter” to collect trash in Griffin Creek without disturbing wildlife, the City of Homewood is happy to announce it is active. Watch the video above for information on how it works […]

EPA Administrator Wheeler Continues Atlanta Trip at Proctor Creek Trash Trap

Today, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler continued his swing through Atlanta. He kicked off his day with a visit to EPA’s Region 4 Headquarters, where he spoke to regional employees at an All Hands meeting. During the meeting, he thanked employees for the crucial work they have been doing despite the […]

What is a Litter Gitter?

The Litter Gitter is more than a catchy name – it’s a device that’s changing the way we tackle the challenges posed by litter in our waters. When it rains, stormwater runoff flows into drains and pipes that feed into our creeks and lakes, carrying with it litter and other types of pollution that degrade […]

Litter Walk Challenge – Printable PDF

How can you pass the time at home, while still practicing the current social distancing guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)? A litter challenge scavenger hunt! Our team members and partners are known for going on litter walks and pickups, so we created this list to make neighborhood walks interactive and help keep […]

Litter Gitter for cleaner streams

The City of Charlotte announced a pilot program to collect and remove litter from waterways in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg area using devices called Litter Gitters. The devices are small, stream litter collection devices used to intercept floating debris from storm water runoff. Partnering with the city on the project are Mecklenburg County, Envision Charlotte, Coca-Cola Consolidated, […]

Metal ‘Litter Gitter’ cages will catch litter as it flows down Mill Creek

CINCINNATI — A few years ago, the Mill Creek was named one of the most endangered waterways in the nation because of pollution. “The amount of recyclable material and trash and just sort of everyday household waste material getting into the stream is a huge problem,” said Dave Schmitt, executive director of the Mill Creek […]

Partner Spotlight: Mobile Bay National Estuary Program

The work we do wouldn’t be possible without the support of our community partners. Who are these partners and what do they do? We’re glad you asked! Learn more about our partner, Mobile Bay National Estuary Program (Mobile Bay NEP), below. WHO: Mobile Bay National Estuary Program (Mobile Bay NEP). This group was administered through and funded by […]

Over 300 pounds of litter recycled from Alabama Coastal Cleanup

For the fourth year in a row, members of the Osprey Initiative team participated in the Alabama Coastal Cleanup efforts on Saturday, September 21st. Four employees and two volunteers were on the Osprey team, who coordinated the recycling for all 28 sites of the cleanup. The team started at 6:30 a.m. and completed the last […]

Litter Gitter data driving sustainable solutions in Dog River

Dog River Clearwater Revival is a grassroots movement that began in 1994 and quickly developed into a full-fledged 501(c)3 nonprofit with the mission of improving the water quality of the Dog River Watershed. Together with the Mobile Bay National Estuary Program, Litter Gitters were installed over time in three locations across Dog River. Our groups […]

Litter Free Mardi Gras project removes legacy litter in One Mile Creek

Team Osprey had a great time with our Mobile Baykeeper friends on Earth Day. This portion of the Litter Free Mardi Gras project has created a significant impact in removing decades of legacy litter in the One Mile Creek watershed that drains downtown Mobile, AL! Together with the Mobile Baykeeper team, we collected and removed 78 bags […]

Cleaning Mobile – Together!

Friends from Groundwork Atlanta, the City of Atlanta, West Atlanta Watershed Alliance, and U.S. EPA Region 4 were in town last week to learn about projects transforming the Three Mile Creek Watershed from a community liability into a community amenity. The Osprey Initiative team shared our approach to tackling the global challenge of litter using […]

EPA Trash Free Waters program showing progress in Bolton Branch

The Litter Gitters are taking care of business in Bolton Branch in the Dog River watershed in Mobile, Alabama! These devices were installed as part of our EPA Trash Free Waters program with the Mobile Bay National Estuary Program. Installation is only one component of the Litter Gitter system – the Osprey Initiative team also maintains […]