HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Dozens of Hattiesburg citizens spent part of their Saturday at Gordon's Creek, helping their city pay-off part of an environmental fine.
The "Gordon's Creek Stream Clean" was part of a settlement agreed to by city officials and the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality. The MDEQ had fined the city $32,000 for exceeding its limits at the city lagoon.
More than 200 volunteers cleaned-up a 3-mile stretch of the creek, from Hardy Street to the Leaf River.
"People don't think about it when they just throw things out the window, or it's just one little wrapper, but one little wrapper accumulates and when there are storms and things like that, it runs off into the creeks and so, there's actually a lot of trash in different parts," said Anna Masters with Neel-Schaffer, Inc., one of the sponsors of the clean-up.
One of the volunteers was treated at a hospital and released after being bitten by a small, poisonous snake.