Osprey Initiative is now a partner to solve the challenge of floating litter on Lake Hiawatha in Minneapolis, Minnesota!
Over the last few years, more than 11,000 pounds of trash have been removed from the waters and area surrounding Lake Hiawatha. Volunteers tried to solve the problem with cleanups, but soon realized the litter was an ongoing problem, as any rain event would wash more trash into the lake.
Freshwater Society partnered with the Friends of Lake Hiawatha and the City of Minneapolis to create a pilot program with Osprey Initiative to install Litter Booms to capture litter and determine the source of the litter by collecting data on each piece of litter. The program is also funded in part by a grant from the Coca-Cola Foundation.
The goal of the program is to stop litter at the source. The data collected will help determine where litter is coming from when rain events occur. Osprey will hire local contractors to assist with maintaining the device and data reporting.
We’re proud to work with partners committed to investing in solutions to protect our natural resources! In addition to the Litter Boom, we’re installing Litter Gitters and Litter Interceptors in communities across the country.
Is floating litter a challenge in your community? Contact us so we can talk about solutions for your waters!