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Litter In Louisiana | February 2021

It’s estimated that $40 million is spent each year in Louisiana on litter removal, abatement, education and enforcement. Last year the Department of Transportation & Development alone spent $9 million on litter pickup, diverting enough money that could have been used to overlay 90 miles of roadway. Litter finds its way into the state’s waterways, harming wildlife and creating flooding. Improper disposal of PPE since the COVID pandemic has only made the problem worse.

So, how is Louisiana combatting its litter problem? What role can citizens play? And what can we learn from other states? Louisiana Public Square explores these issues and more on “Litter in Louisiana” Wednesday, February 24 at 7pm on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE. Our panelists will be:

Segment One: The Problem

  • Mark Benfield, PhD, LSU Department of Oceanography & Coastal Sciences
  • Stephanie Riegel, Editor, Greater Baton Rouge Business Report
  • Susan Russell, Executive Director, Keep Louisiana Beautiful

Segment Two: State & Community Response

  • Monique Boulet, CEO, Acadiana Planning Commission
  • Sergeant Garrett Kimble, LA Department of Wildlife & Fisheries
  • Rick Moore, St. Tammany Parish Litter Enforcement Officer
  • Nikita Simon, Louisiana Department of Transportation & Development

Segment Three: Citizen Response

  • Marie Constantin, Photographer and Community Activist
  • Steffek Rainey, Louisiana Legislative Youth Advisory Council
  • Alma Robichaux, Louisiana Recycling Coalition

The program features interviews with Chuck Brown, PhD, Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality; Donna Curtis, Executive Director of Shreveport Green; Jeff Kuehny, PhD, Director of the LSU Agcenter Botanic Gardens at Burden, and Margaret Reams, PhD, LSU College of the Coast & Environment.

Beth Courtney, LPB CEO, and Barry Erwin, Council for A Better Louisiana CEO, will host.

Louisiana Public Square can also be heard on public radio stations WRKF in Baton Rouge; Red River Radio in Shreveport and Alexandria; and WWNO in New Orleans. Check their station websites for schedule.

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