Watergoats helps Byrne Ocean Conservation clean up St. Pete’s waterways
ST. PETERSBURG, Fl. – Byrne Ocean Conservation is a non-profit organization whose mission is to improve the sustainability of wildlife and reduce ecotoxicity by conducting research, raising awareness and improving conservation.
“What drove me to create my organization was to have two beautiful children of my own knowing that they would grow up in this beautiful world that we have and that they were going to call it theirs one day” , explained Jenna Byrne, founder. by Bryne Ocean Conservation and Water Warrior Alliance.
One of the ways they help reduce plastics in waterways is by using and maintaining a device called a water goat, which creates a barrier to capture waste before it is carried by the tides. in larger streams. They say the net is safe for wildlife and does not stop the flow of water.
The organization focuses on the removal of marine debris and outings in the local community and the removal of litter from local waterways.
âWatergoats are an important part of our mission because they help and support everything we do,â added Jenna.
The Harborage Marina water goat in St. Petersburg is one of the first to be installed. It helps catch floating debris.
âIt’s an ongoing battle there because Booker Creek is the primary area where downtown St. Pete’s runoff drains into the bay, so there are hundreds of storm drains that run into the bay. are pouring into this actual location of water goats, âJenna explained.
She also says people can help by being more aware of where they throw their waste. Many trash cans that do not have container lids can be blown away and end up in the bay.
The Water Warrior Alliance depends on volunteers and they are always looking for helping hands.
LINK: For more information visit: www.waterwarrior alliance.org.