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 and collects data from each device.

Over 375 pounds/100 cubic feet of stormwater conveyed litter was intercepted and removed after the rain on Wednesday, January 23.

Think that’s great? We’re just getting started! The Mobile Bay National Estuary Program has worked with Osprey Initiative from the beginning to help bring this concept to implementation. We have 12 or so out currently with more planned in the near future. Stay tuned!


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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.