Sunday, June 23, 2002

In the Can, Not the Drain, Says Litter Fight Downtown

Commercial Appeal
By Tom Charlier

With a new poster campaign targeting the downtown area, Memphis government and business leaders are reminding residents that litter often turns into water pollution.

The city's Public Works Division and the Center City Commission are launching the anti-litter campaign. It features a poster with a view of the downtown skyline and a litter-strewn storm drain in the foreground. "You only get one chance to make a first impression," it reads.

Some 4,000 of the posters are being distributed to downtown businesses.

The effort is aimed not just at the unsightliness of litter, but the problem of storm water pollution. The impetus for the campaign came largely from a spate of complaints about trash in the Wolf River harbor, which receives storm water runoff from much of downtown.

The problem could stain the city's reputation among tourists, officials say.

"We're really trying to educate merchants about litter and where litter goes if it doesn't go in a receptacle,'' said Memphis public works director Jerry Collins. "Litter finds its way into the harbor during rain events, and I'm sure litter accumulates on streets between rain events."

The city has been planning a more far-reaching solution to the problem of pollution in the harbor. The plan involves the installation of mechanical screens in the Bayou Gayoso Pumping Station to remove trash as it flows toward the harbor. But city officials say they can't proceed with that multimillion-dollar project until a final riverfront development plan is adopted.

In the meantime, crews from the city's general services division have stepped up their street-cleaning operations in the downtown area, officials say.

Copyright (c) 2002 The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, TN

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