DAPHNE, Ala. – Daphne Utilities, Mobile Bay National Estuary Program and the Osprey Initiative installed the Eastern Shore’s first Litter Gitter in D ’Olive Creek near the Gator Boardwalk on October 11, 2019.
The Osprey Initiative developed the Litter Gitter, which is a small-stream litter collection device used to intercept floating litter from storm water runoff. According to the Osprey Initiative, initial tests indicate a 95% success rate in preventing the downstream loss of floating litter.
The Litter Trap is installed in D ‘Olive Creek upstream of Gator Boardwalk in Daphne to capture residential litter and also commercial litter from the surrounding areas.
Mobile Bay National Estuary Program is a partner for this project providing a grant for the installation of the Litter Gitter and Daphne Utilities will then be responsible for the maintenance on the Litter Gitter Device for the first year.
After the installation of the device takes place, an initial cleaning will take place of the area, including the banks of D ‘Olive Creek near the boardwalk. The Osprey team will then monitor and clean the device on a biweekly basis and after storms in the area. The materials collected will be sorted by trash and recyclables. Records will be kept of the amount and type of litter recovered so that the City of Daphne can use the data for its regulatory recordkeeping.
Daphne Utilities is excited to partner to bring the first Litter Gitter to our area.