City working to cleanup debris in Mississippi River - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

City working to cleanup debris in Mississippi River

Trash in the Mississippi River (Source: WMC Action News 5) Trash in the Mississippi River (Source: WMC Action News 5)
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - As the Mighty Mississippi River flows through Memphis, it can be a beautiful sight to see. But during the spring, the rising tide and flooding can bring in trash and debris, diminishing the river's curb appeal.

Foam floating atop the river from a northern waste water treatment plant has been the topic of complaints from riverboat passengers.

The city's environmental engineers are working to eliminate the foam using a swirling cylinder that will pull the foam to the bottom.

However, for those running and walking along the river, there is still the lingering issue of litter.

The city hopes a new $13,000 structure will help eliminate some of the water waste.

A floating litter-boom, installed a week ago, is located on Wolf River Harbor. It's designed to catch floating trash funneled through the city's storm water drainage system.

Gina Williams is visiting from northern California, where they are experiencing a drought. She said she welcomes the sight of any water even if it brings debris.

"We have no rain and no snow," said Williams, "I'd gladly take it if you guys want to give it."

Other visitors in the Mississippi River Greenbelt Park said in addition to the city's efforts, perhaps Memphians could come together for a community riverside cleanup.

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