City of Mobile: Osprey Initiative

The City of Mobile recently renewed their contract with the Osprey Initiative, which for years has helped us address litter in our waterways, particularly in the Three Mile Creek and Dog River Watersheds. Osprey Initiative’s team works with the City to trap and collect trash that makes it into our waterways.

Under their new contract, Osprey will be maintaining twelve “litter gitters” to trap trash and debris on the surface of various waterways and the City’s large Bandalong Litter Trap in Eslava Creek. The City of Mobile has also recently installed litter interceptors on sewer inlets in 30 key locations to help trap litter before it ever enters the stormwater system. Osprey will be regularly maintaining those as well.

In 2021, Osprey Initiative collected nearly 40,000 pounds of litter from our waterways in traps and by hand. The company’s founder, Don Bates, grew up in the waters of Louisiana, and there is nowhere litter can float that he’s scared to wade into. The city recently put together a video featuring Don and Rosemary Ginn, the Assistant City Engineer who leads our environmental department. They discuss what Osprey’s team does for Mobile and how our partnership with them has benefited all parties. We are glad Osprey will be continuing to work with the city to keep our waterways clean and clear.

View the original story and video online here on the City of Mobile YouTube Channel.


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The patented Litter Gitter is a tactical in-stream litter collection device used to intercept floating litter from stormwater runoff. The Osprey team handles all aspects of installing and maintaining these “trash traps” and compiles data on the items caught in them, recycling as much of the litter as possible.