Osprey Team Tackles 81 Ton Cleanup in Louisiana

A 10 acre wetland area at the Burden Museum and Gardens in Louisiana was recently cleared of 81 tons of trash, thanks to a granted-funded cleanup.

Osprey Initiative, through an EPA Trash Free Waters Program, led the cleanup at the ‘borrow pit’ at Burden Gardens. Osprey is working with partners LSU AgCenter and Tricoeur Engineering Services to educate communities on litter abatement and where to install future litter collection devices.

The area at Burden Gardens represents a build up of trash carried by stormwater runoff into the area at least 30-40 years.

The data collected from the litter collection devices will drive litter abatement plans for Osprey partners to stop litter at its source.

View all the Osprey Initiative Litter Gitter sites, data, and more on our Sites Page. Check out more photos from the cleanup below!


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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.