CONSIDER THIS: Cleaning the Pearl River

CONSIDER THIS: Cleaning the Pearl River

JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - There has been a lot of attention on the huge amount of trash at the Ross Barnett Reservoir spillway fishing area. It’s hard to understand how people can just toss their trash on the ground, leave it and be so inconsiderate to everyone else who enjoys fishing along the waterway.

Fortunately, there are people who do care about the area, especially the rivers, streams and outdoors that are some of the most special features of Mississippi.

One group, the Pearl Riverkeepers, are having their second Pearl River Clean Sweep this weekend. Volunteers will collect trash in 15 counties, two parishes, and two states covering more than 490 miles of the Pearl River. This event celebrates drinkable, swimmable, fishable water throughout the Pearl River Watershed.

Sadly, some people will continue to trash the environment, either uneducated, or maybe just uncaring, about what they are doing to hurt our great outdoors.

Projects like clean sweep, however, can bring more awareness to the problem and help create pride in the beautiful places across our state. If you would like to help, and make Mississippi a better place to live and play, go to and volunteer.

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