Citizen Science Initiative

Mississippi River Plastic Pollution Initiative

Xstream Cleanup is joining the Mississippi River Plastic Pollution Initiative.

This movement is made up of partners throughout the Mississippi River Corridor, as well as internationally.

Our goal: enhance environmental cleanups with a new citizen science data collection project and cut pollution out of our watersheds

Mississippi River Plastic Pollution Initiative


Xstream Cleanup has a long track record as a leader in keeping area watersheds clean. Now we are asking our volunteers to help us create a detailed picture of pollution in our area.

The task is too big for any one person or group to take on. But if we organize efficiently and work collectively we can quickly gather the data we need to make Xstream Cleanup even more effective.

Xstream Cleanup family


1. REGISTER for an existing event -OR- register for a Solo or Family Collection

2. DOWNLOAD the "Marine Debris Tracker" for your mobile device: APPLE App Store | ANDROID Google Play

3. PICK A SPOT on the map below (zoom in until the red dots become yellow boxes, you can start your collection anywhere inside a yellow box)

4. OPEN THE APP and select list labeled MRCTI

5. COLLECT LITTER & COLLECT DATA by logging what items you pick up in the Marine Debris Tracker app on your phone

--Marine Debris Tracker Field Guide available here--


Thanks to Xstream Cleanup's many partners the data you collect will be combined with data throughout our region and throughout the Mississippi River Corridor. This information will be organized and analyzed in a massive database that's open to the public.

We can then use that information to better understand the worst problems in our area, zero in on the sources of pollution and create more intelligent waste reduction programs in the future.

Our goal is to do a better job of prevention so future generations will have less picking up to do. And that all starts with developing a better understanding of what we're facing right now.

Preventing More. Picking Up Less. 


Marine Debris Tracker App


United Nations Environmental Program   Mississippi River Cities & Towns Initiative   University of Georgia