Local man is on a mission to clean metro waterways

An outdoorsman needs your help to clean the Pearl River and more

VIDEO: Local man is on a mission to clean metro waterways

RANKIN, MS (WLBT) - Trash in America’s lakes, rivers and oceans has become a major problem. Now one man is on a mission to clean our local waterways.

John Breland is an outdoorsman who loves to hunt and fish. He also loves to protect our waterways.

Breland scans the Pearl River looking for trash near School Creek
Breland scans the Pearl River looking for trash near School Creek (Source: Amber Gerard)

“This is the mouth of School Creek where it goes into the Pearl River,” he says referring to an area on the Pearl River that is covered in trash.

John Breland spends as much time on the water as he can. When he isn’t fishing, he is looking for trash and removing it.

“I just got on fire about it because I’ve been fishing down here for 30 years and I’ve seen so much trash. It’s heartbreaking but now there’s an outlet. I have found people to help keep this place clean,” he said.

So, he decided to do something about it.

“The first experience is when they started to group to keep the Spillway open due to the litter. That’s when we started cleaning up around the spillway to keep it open by keeping it clean,” he continued.

Breland and a friend took 3 On Your Side on a tour of the trashed waterway. Styrofoam Cups, plastic bottles, clothes and other materials could be seen everywhere in the water and on land.

Trash floats in the water on School Creek at the mouth of the Pearl River
Trash floats in the water on School Creek at the mouth of the Pearl River (Source: Amber Gerard)

“The water recedes it stays in the woods, the water comes back up, it floats out and more goes down the river, more gets hung up and all ends up in the Gulf eventually,” Breland explained.

Breland says the number one reason that the river looks like this?

“Laziness,” he said. “Pure laziness.”

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