Our Services

Osprey is the owner of the Litter Gitter (patented), a small stream litter collection device used to intercept floating litter from stormwater runoff.

Initial tests indicate a 80+% success rate in preventing the downstream loss of floating litter. Osprey handles all aspects of installing and maintaining the Litter Gitter. Litter is separated from vegetative debris.

Recyclables are separated from the regular trash. Quantities are recorded and results are reported on a quarterly basis for inclusion in MS4 reporting if needed.

Consulting

We blend our experience in environmental consulting with our hands-on litter removal and field assessment to develop an implementable litter attack plan for communities and watersheds. We categorize collected and observed litter and materials into groupings that indicate type and condition of litter to determine source and efficient means to remedy litter issues. Our solutions are tailored to that community or watershed’s specific needs, vision and resources.

Litter Gitter maintenance

The patented Litter Gitter is a tactical in stream litter collection device used to intercept floating litter from stormwater runoff. Initial tests indicate a 80+% success rate in preventing the downstream flow of floating litter. Osprey handles all aspects of installing and maintaining the Litter Gitter. Litter is separated from vegetative debris and recyclables are separated from the regular trash. Quantities are recorded and results are reported on a quarterly basis for inclusion in MS4 reporting if needed.

Tactical Clean-ups

Osprey Initiative specializes in specific tactical removal of litter and debris from small and shallow waterways. Our methods range from walking in hip boots to canoes/kayaks to shallow draft mudboats to skiffs. We are obsessive about causing a minimal impact to the natural environment and keep our methods simple even if they require some additional labor. We also provide safety and logistical support to community-based clean-ups.

Solutions

If you can dream it, Osprey Initiative can help you achieve it. We can perform parts or all of the plan to help you achieve your goals. Our passion is creating and implementing real world solutions in the sustainable world. As many communities begin to appreciate the value of our green spaces and blue ways as part of their heritage and future, the need to enhance and protect these critical assets is growing. Osprey Initiative will do our part to help you protect and maximize your ecological assets.

Where We Are

FAQ

Most frequent questions and answers

Osprey owner and founder Don Bates grew up exploring the ditches and swamps of Hammond, Louisiana with his brother Kiley. Back then, osprey sightings were rare due to the toxic effects of DDT–but there was always an osprey nest at the Bates family camp in Manchac, Louisiana. 

Read more about the Osprey Initiative name and our challenge to ourselves and our partners.

The patented Litter Gitter is a tactical, small stream litter collection device used to intercept floating litter from stormwater runoff. Osprey Initiative utilizes these devices to intercept litter closer to the source, preventing its flow further downstream. 

Initial tests indicate a 80+% success rate in preventing the downstream loss of floating litter. Osprey collects this data to create tailored solutions, while also handling all aspects of installing and maintaining the Litter Gitter.

Our patented Litter Gitter devices are available as a package that includes operation and maintenance services. The Osprey team handles all aspects of handling and maintaining the Litter Gitter. Included with the purchase of the device is data collection to determine the source and efficient means to remedy litter issues. All of these services are included with the price of the Litter Gitter device.

Minimizing our footprint in nature is our top priority. At many of our sites, we have worked to obtain permits with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that clear threats to wildlife. We also work with the local authorities in that specific area to answer questions and ensure there are no impacts to local wildlife.

YES! Osprey Initiative can perform parts or all of the plan to help you achieve your goals. Our solutions are tailored to that community or watershed’s specific needs, vision and resources. 

Our services include tactical clean-ups, debris removal, data collection, permitting assistance, plans for long term abatement in your watershed, and more. We can also facilitate specialty material handling for recycling or whatever your concerns may be.

Osprey Initiative breaks down data in ways that help identify sources and solutions of the litter issues. We start by categorizing the major type of litter collected. The next levels of data collection include breaking down major types (listing the different types of plastic collected), condition (the age of the litter), and even labeling (any brands associated with the litter). See the below graphs for an example:

The great thing about our data collection is that we tailor it to your requirements. If aluminum cans are a major concern in your area, we can tailor our data to this type of litter in order to create custom environmental solutions.

Absolutely! We work with the local Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) in each area to get as much of the materials we recover into the recycling stream. All items collected are tagged and included in the data we record at each site. Our mission is to maximize further use of the materials we dollect. 

Our current data shows that we are recycling between 30 and 40% of the volume of the materials we collect.