MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - After several inches of rain have covered our viewing area, litter polluting local waters has become a concern to some living in and around the water. The City of Mobile said there is a plan to combat litter that ultimately becomes a problem in storm water.
With between 6-10 inches of rain since Wednesday, May 1, storm water overflowed creeks and waterways.
Storm water, however, is just a small part of the problem. Bob Haskins with Keep Mobile Beautiful said litter plays a big role.
"We're really dealing with two separate issues: we have litter which we are trying to deal with the litter ordinance. Then we have storm water, which is the carrier for that litter people generate," Haskins said.
The carrier runs all over the county, and through Eslava Creek at Holcombe Avenue. Several months ago, a litter trap was installed to prevent more trash from flowing downstream.
"To a point, it's doing a good job. It is trapping some litter," Haskins said.
After the rain, we decided to check out the litter trap ourselves. We found a crew cleaning up the trash when we arrived.
The trash is trapped by booms that funnel to the litter trap. Once the trash reaches the trap, workers fill the trap where it is later hoisted above the road and into the dump truck and is later disposed of.
Haskins said there is no way to stop trash from flowing into storm water drains throughout the city. This litter trap, however, keeps trash from affecting other bodies of water, and ultimately wildlife.
"Unfortunately, litter happens all over town and it's generated by several things: by people throwing it out of their vehicles or blowing out of a pickup truck, people overloading their garbage can or dumpster, or throwing it in the parking lot, or at a restaurant, or at school. Litter is unacceptable," said Haskins.
If you see someone litter, you can help. Call the Litterbug Hotline by dialing #KMB or 208-6025.
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