“A Watershed Event” - Renew Our Rivers issues call for boaters





GULFPORT, MS Mississippi Power’s nationally recognized, award-winning Renew Our Rivers event, scheduled this year May 13-16, welcomes all volunteers with boats to join the company in cleaning up the waterways.


“Renew Our Rivers is designed to free as many waterways as possible of litter and debris, bringing these impressive bodies of water back to their pristine grandeur,” said Mississippi Power Renew Our Rivers Event Coordinator and Senior Environmental Specialist, Flinda Hill. “We welcome all water enthusiasts to join us as we do our part to serve the environment we enjoy so much.”


This year’s effort, now in its fourth year, will touch seven waterways and reach throughout the company’s service territory from the Coast to Meridian.


            May 13            West Back Bay                                    MS Gulf Coast

                                    Tchoutacabouffa/Biloxi Rivers


            May 14            Pascagoula River                                  MS Gulf Coast


            May 15            East Back Bay and Fort Bayou MS Gulf Coast


            May 16           Turkey Creek                                       MS Gulf Coast

                                    Okatoma Creek                                  Hattiesburg

                                    Chunky River                                       Meridian





To register your boat in this important cleanup event, please contact Flinda Hill at (228) 897-6402 or email msrenewrivers@southernco.com. All boaters must be registered before the event to volunteer and will receive lunch and a commemorative T-shirt in appreciation for volunteering.


Mississippi Power, headquartered in Gulfport, MS, provides retail and wholesale electric service to approximately 200,000 customers in 23 counties from the Gulf Coast to Meridian. The company owns or has significant ownership interests in six generating facilities with a net dependable generating capacity of 3,166 megawatts. Electricity is sent across 8,371 miles of transmission and distribution lines to retail customers principally in Gulfport, Biloxi, Hattiesburg, Meridian, Pascagoula, Columbia, Laurel, Waveland, Lucedale and Picayune. 


Large wholesale customers include six electric cooperatives -- Coast EPA, Singing River EPA, Southern Pine EPA, Dixie EPA, Pearl River EPA and East Mississippi EPA -- the City of Collins and South Mississippi Electric Power Authority. Large retail customers include the following: the region’s United States military installations -- Keesler Air Force Base and Naval Construction Battalion Center (Seabee Base); the University of Southern Mississippi; NASA Stennis Space Center; oil and gas infrastructure, including a refinery; multiple foundries and shipbuilders; the Mississippi National Guard’s Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center near Hattiesburg and the Mississippi Air National Guard in Meridian.

Mississippi Power, a wholly owned subsidiary of Atlanta-based Southern Company (NYSE: SO), employs 1,300 Mississippi residents. In 2008, Mississippi Power paid $115 million in federal, state and local taxes. Southern Company stock is held by nearly 3,000 Mississippi residents.