Did you know that the largest garbage dump in the world is almost twice the size of the continental United States and is actually located in the Pacific Ocean? That there is a 7,000 square mile patch of algae bloom called the “Dead Zone” in the Gulf of Mexico, where no fish or marine animals can live? These are both the results of too much garbage and waste that makes its way to our oceans, by way of rivers and streams.
Last summer, 4-H members and volunteers picked up more than 600 pounds of garbage from the roadsides in Covington County! It takes 34 empty coke cans, and between 15-40 empty water/soda bottles to make up one pound. That equals roughly 21,000 empty soda/water bottles and cans to make 600 pounds.
In the Coastal Plains River Basin, residents have a unique opportunity to help prevent this trash from getting to the waterways. Covington County 4-H is recruiting volunteers to help us clean up alongside the roads that are close to streams.
Join us on Saturday, Sept. 17 for COASTAL CLEAN UP. We will meet at the recreation area at Open Pond, and clean up the roadsides. We are working with the National Forest Service to pick up trash in the areas that need it most.
For more information, and to sign up, call 222-1125 or email Mrs. Cat at firstname.lastname@example.org
This trash has made its way from the roadside into the pond by our office. Bottles, plastic bags, and other waste can cause severe problems for the ducks, fish, bugs, turtles, and amphibians that inhabit our ponds. When the trash gets into rivers and streams, it floats into the Gulf of Mexico. Much of the trash is plastic, which many creatures mistake as a food source. More than one million seabirds, 300,000 dolphins and porpoises, and 100,000 marine mammals die from pollution each year.