MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - FOX10 News has been following the trash problem in Dog River for some time. Now there is a trap in place. The question is: does it work?
After the last heavy rainfall that is up in the air.
Mobile Baykeeper sent FOX10 News video that shows trash flowing right over the newly installed litter trap on Eslava Creek.
City of Mobile Attorney Larry Wettermark said a log may be to blame.
"We understand in the heavy rains a log or something may have hit it and put it out of alignment and caused the cage to submerge," said Wettermark.
The litter trap was put in place by the city after pressure from the Dog River Clearwater Revival Group and ADEM to stop the constant problem of trash flooding into Mobile waterways.
The city said it's been working well until this incident.
Casi Callaway with Mobile Baykeeper said it is a valid effort but not enough.
"They are not doing this right at all if they want to fix the problem as they are saying they do. They need to be aggressive about going after the problems," Callaway said.
It was up to the city to decide which trap to use. Callaway said the one it chose may be the problem
"Frankly, I think they chose the cheaper option but cheap does not always mean the best," said Callaway.
Callaway said the Dog River Clearwater Revival Group did extensive research and recommended a different trap.
"We took proposals. We considered different applications. We also considered price and for the size of the stream and decided this would be the first appropriate test case," Wettermark said.
Wettermark said it could be modified and different traps considered for different streams.
"This is the first of its kind. It's a test case it's a learning experience, and we will make future decisions based on this experience," said Wettermark.
Wettermark said they hope to start a second site in five to six months.
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