What’s a Litter Gitter?

A Litter Gitter is a tactical in-stream litter collection device, made by Osprey Initiative, used to intercept floating litter from stormwater runoff.

They look like this:

When it rains, litter and other types of pollution that harm aquatic life and degrade water quality runoff intro creeks through storm drains. Polluted stormwater runoff is the leading cause of pollution in our surface waters.

In February 2020, three Litter Gitters were installed on Charlotte streams thanks to a partnership between Osprey Initiative, Coca-Cola Consolidated, Envision Charlotte, the City of Charlotte, and Mecklenburg County.

Catawba Riverkeeper crew members maintain these Litter Gitters with financial support from Osprey Initiative. After every rain event, the Litter Gitters are cleaned out. The crew collects data to track sources and solutions and recycles as much as possible.

Become a Litter Gitter Crew Member!

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer crew member email Greg Nance (greg@catawbariverkeeper.org).