MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) – It’s nothing new. When it rains, litter flows down Dog River in Mobile County.
Residents living along the waterway are fed up with the pieces of trash that flow into the river from the Dog River Watershed throughout the county.
This weekend’s rain caused a problem for many living along Dog River, including Travis Rayner.
“What we are seeing is gross amounts of litter that’s coming down the river following every rain. It is appalling. It’s disgusting,” said Rayner.
Rayner, and his wife, have been living at their current home on Dog River since October, just around the bend from Dog River Park. Rayner grew up on the water and said he has never seen the little as bad has he has recently.
“People don’t understand that everything you throw out of your car window, or you throw out when you’re walking down the street, it eventually makes its way into Dog River. It’s just endless. It’s endless,” said Rayner. “Today looks pristine as we rode up and down the river today there was some litter here and there and you could see some along the banks. And people are like: “ok, it’s not bad.” But that’s nothing,”
Rayner is talking about the litter flowing down the river from Saturday morning. He and his wife shot some video on their phones to get a to document a first hand look at what was floating in their backyard. Bottles, tires, Styrofoam cups, and more just floating in the river. On Sunday, much of the trash resided in on the banks.
“Do we need to clean up the river? Yes. Where does it start? It doesn’t start in the river. The river is just where it ends. It needs to start with the mindset of the citizens of Mobile and what they throw out onto the ground,” said Rayner.
He said it should not be as bad as it is.
“I think we’re moving in the right direction. There is a big push from the Mayor’s Office to clean up Mobile and the litter issue but we are not months behind on that. We are decades behind on the litter issue in Mobile, Alabama,” said Rayner.
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