MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - It was the calm before the storm Friday October 4. Tropical Storm Karen that is. Dog River looked clean and it appeared the litter trap was doing its job.
“The city made a good first step putting in the litter trap and although I think it might have been a little overwhelmed in the location it was in, I think its a good first step,” said Clair Wilson with the Dog River Clear Water Revival group.
A good first step but some say not a solution.
Mobile Baykeeper Casi Callaway said the chances of the litter trap doing its job with strong heavy rains are fairly slim. She thinks high winds and rain could damage the litter trap and may even break it.
“Hopefully that's one of the things city folks are running around securing today,” she said.
Earlier this year, the litter trap was turned on its side and wasn’t doing the job it’s supposed to.
“Of course a tropical storm or hurricane is going to overwhelm anything regardless of how expensive it is or how well it's made, the trash will go right over it but any other rain we think there are things thy can be put into place,” Wilson said.
Wilson said a major part of fixing the problem is prevention and that’s where the community can lend a helping hand.
“I’d like to see more enforcement of the litter laws (and) I'd like to see more awareness of the problem in schools and in the community,” she said.
Fox10 News reached out to the City of Mobile but our calls were not returned.
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