Mississippi Power's Renew Our Rivers program is one of the state's premiere, national award-winning environmental stewardship programs. Since it began in 2005, employee and community volunteers have removed more than 362 tons of debris from about 20 waterways.
Through Renew Our Rivers, company volunteers have worked with nearly 40 corporate, community and governmental partners.
Waterways that have been cleaned up through the program include Boley Creek, Biloxi Back Bay, Pascagoula River, Deer Island, Chunky River, Okatoma Creek, Wolf River, Turkey Creek, Jourdan River, Hancock County Marshlands, Brickyard Bayou, Biloxi River and the Tchoutacabouffa River.
The Celebrate the Gulf Marine Education Festival, coordinated by the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources in partnership with the Gulf of Mexico Alliance, has been held annually for over 22 years to teach the importance of wise use, preservation and conservation of valuable aquatic and marine resources.
Thousands of people attend the festival each year, including Mississippi Power employee volunteers and their families. The company helps promote the event by distributing a call to action through schools who notify parents of the date.
Celebrate the Gulf provides a donation to the schools with the highest attendance, and the day of the festival, Mississippi Power volunteers help measure attendance and facilitate the annual contest among the schools.