Not all storm water systems are cleaned before entering the waterways. This is the first place we look for litter during our cleanups. We like to think we’ve saved a fish and probably did!
Your litter floats around where it’s not supposed to! Check out a water atlas in your area to find out more about your watershed.
(Remember to never touch trash with your hands.
We use BBQ tongs from Publix.)
Don't forget that leaves should also be removed from storm drains because they add unnecessary nutrient through storm water runoff. We also don't want clogged water drainage areas!
Picking up also litter helps teach civic responsibility for our watershed, is great exercise, makes your community beautiful, increases mindfulness, sharpens observation skills, and is a great opportunity to interact with and meet new friends!
We started our litter cleanups in acknowledgement of the local Florida Native tribal land of the Tocobaga, Seminole, and Miccosukee, whose lessons of sustainability teach us how to value coastal life every day. You can search up your area as well.