BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Executive Director of the Resistance nonprofit Redell Norman said the river levee has not been taken care of recently and it’s a problem that needs to be fixed. 

“We have a litter problem here in Baton Rouge,” said Norman. 

“It’s a really big problem, especially after the 4th of July. Took a tour of the levee and it was horrible. Old debris from fireworks. Old water bottles, trash litter. And I thought it was important for us to take it upon ourselves to do something about it,” said Norman. 

Now it is a mission to clean the levee, community partners with the Resistance, Andrew Garcia said they plan on not only keeping the levee beautiful but helping beautify it for the future. 

“The waterway system being such a huge, huge thing in Louisiana and a big part of our commerce, we thought it would be a great opportunity to kind of show our kids kind of why that infrastructure is important, not just to our economy, but to our community and what it takes and why we need to keep those things clean, keep them safe,’ Garcia said. 

Norman said the clean-up has a bigger goal to help shape the environment for the next generation. 

“We think it’s real important to keep it up, keep it clean, keep bedrooms beautiful, as well as expose at-risk youth to the opportunities of being in a port city and having a levee system and all of the jobs that come with it,” Norman said. 

Now the nonprofit invites the community to help volunteer for future clean-ups. For more information on how to (225) 390-3661.