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Here Is Your Chance To Make A Difference For The Health Of The Mississippi River

On Saturday, June 11th, 2022, the Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative (MRCTI), along with Mayor Errick D. Simmons of Greenville, Mississippi, Mayor Aelicia L. Thomas of Rosedale, Mississippi, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the University of Georgia, and the Rosedale Freedom Project will host a joint press conference to discuss efforts to mitigate plastic pollution in the Delta. The press conference will take place at Big Waters Café, located at 199 North Lakefront Road, Greenville, MS, at noon.

After the press conference, at approximately 1:00 p.m., community volunteers will be directed to Schelben Park to receive instructions regarding trash and data collection. In addition, all volunteers are asked to download the free “Debris Tracker” app to track plastic pollution to assist scientists, policymakers, and businesses in reducing the amount of plastic ending up in the Mississippi River and, ultimately, our oceans. Please refer to the flyer below for app instructions.

Approximately 11 million metric tons of plastic enter the oceans each year, with rivers contributing to a significant portion of that amount. It is up to us to be a part of the solution to combat pollution in our community!

If you have any questions, feel free to contact the Mayor’s Office at 662-378-1501.

▪️Download the Debris Tracker App: https://debristracker.org/

▪️Click here for the Debris Tracker Citizen Science Field Guide: https://assets.ctfassets.net/rtuukkt2fs3w/3xoRM4092s5j4m1hgOP6h7/e9c75b680285676c026a595c342c3657/Field_Guide_Mississippi_Delta.pdf

▪️Select a data collection area:

Greenville: https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/viewer?mid=1YF_4bxkYeMJu9hPOGXh5ThSbW4JsO2Q0&shorturl=1&ll=33.388480570607214%2C-91.07276300000001&z=12

▪️Select a data collection area:

Rosedale: https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/viewer?mid=1ja8RzbECC0gkg_3LLIi1lUr4xiQhe1ko&shorturl=1&ll=33.85163668688385%2C-91.0388665&z=13

▪️Learn more about the initiative: https://www.unep.org/regions/north-america/regional-initiatives/mississippi-river-plastic-pollution-initiative