Mississippi DOT Relaunches Anti-Littering Campaign

The Mississippi Department of Transportation recently relaunched a statewide anti-littering campaign, aimed at encouraging Mississippians to put trash where it belongs and recycle whenever possible.

[Above photo by the Mississippi DOT]

The centerpiece of the campaign is a video featuring agency employees – including Mississippi DOT Executive Director Brad White (above) – not only encouraging state residents to put trash where it belongs, but also highlighting the cost of highway litter cleanup efforts.

“Litter is a big problem in Mississippi,” White explained in a statement. “Mississippi DOT spends over $3 million a year picking up litter. This is money that could be used to build and maintain roads and bridges. Let’s all be good stewards of our great state and make the choice to put our trash where it belongs.”

The agency is also launching a new anti-litter webpage as part of its relaunched campaign – a “one-stop hub” that contains information about the state’s Adopt-a-Highway program, Mississippi litter statistics and resources, stormwater pollution information, anti-litter resources for school teachers, and much more.

State departments of transportation are using a variety of tactics to combat littering on state highways.

For example, the Tennessee Department of Transportation recently celebrated the 40th anniversary of its “Litter Grant Program.” That program – started in 1983 – provides funding to all 95 counties within the state to pay for a wide variety of litter-related efforts, such as litter and tarp law enforcement; cleanup and recycling events; and litter prevention education campaigns.

Those funds also help county governments participate in multijurisdictional and statewide collaborations with Tennessee DOT’s “Nobody Trashes Tennessee” litter prevention campaign, conducted jointly with Keep Tennessee Beautiful and its local affiliates.

Meanwhile, in April, the Illinois Department of Transportation launched a new public outreach effort called “Think Before You Throw!” as part of its ongoing awareness campaign to reduce littering on state highways and roads.

The “Think Before You Throw!” initiative aims to reduce roadside litter along the state’s more than 150,000 miles of roads by raising awareness of the negative environment impact of trash, for both state residents and the nearly 100 million tourists who visit annually, the agency said.

And, in March, the Maryland Department of Transportation launched “Operation Clean Sweep Maryland,” a new initiative that seeks to nearly double the frequency of litter pickup and mowing efforts along state roads.

This new effort – which began in the Baltimore and Washington, D.C., regions – is under the purview of the Maryland State Highway Administration, one of Maryland DOT’s modal divisions.

Nebraska DOT Seeking Feedback on Carbon Reduction Plan

The Nebraska DOT is gathering public opinion on its proposed strategies for reducing transportation-related carbon dioxide emissions via an online survey.

[Above photo by Nebraska DOT]

That is the final part of the agency’s efforts to form a statewide Carbon Reduction Strategy or CRS by November 15; a deadline fixed by the Carbon Reduction Program or CRP as part of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act or IIJA enacted in 2021.

The CRP – a new federal program intended to fund surface transportation carbon emission reduction efforts – requires states to develop a CRS in consultation with metropolitan planning organizations by November 15.

The Nebraska DOT noted in a statement that the transportation sector is the second largest source of carbon emissions in the state, preceded by the electric generation sector.

Activities that contribute to those emissions include the burning of petroleum-based fuels in vehicles as well as from “infrastructure-related” emissions, such as from road construction activities and street lighting, it noted.

The agency said its CRS-development process will pinpoint strategies to reduce carbon that are “proven, effective, and context-sensitive” for Nebraska. 

Thus far, Nebraska DOT said it has completed “extensive internal research and interviews” regarding existing policies and activities contributing to carbon reduction, held individual consultations with each of Nebraska’s four MPOs, and distributed a survey to institutional partners.

Environmental News Highlights – August 16, 2023


Your City’s Guide To Going Electric – National League of Cities

Is it cheaper to refuel your EV battery or gas tank? We did the math in all 50 states. – Washington Post

Government Can’t Be Agile? Don’t Tell Pennsylvania’s Bridge-Fixers. – Governing (commentary)



Michigan Launches Grant Program to Promote Electric Boats on Great Lakes – The Maritime Executive

Pittsburgh region’s locks and dams, crucial to commodity transportation, struggle for funding and recognition – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

DelDOT Receives Grant from Energize Delaware – Delaware DOT (media release)

Georgia Takes Lead in Preparations for Hydrogen Fueling Stations – Georgia Governor’s Office (media release)



What is carbon accounting? – Whatis.com

EPA slaps Sinister Diesel with $1M emissions fine amid crackdown – Green Car Reports

Google is helping pilots route flights to create fewer contrails, which is better for the climate – The Verge

EPA approves Washington’s Smoke Management Plan to allow strategic use of prescribed fires to manage forest health and protect air quality – EPA (media release)



Rulemaking process underway for new environmental justice areas – Minnesota Public Radio


Ethan Hawke Stars in Latest TxDOT Anti-Littering Video – AASHTO Journal

The future of East Coast wind power could ride on this Jersey beach town – Washington Post

Ivy, dandelions and other common wildflowers are often seen as weeds – but they’re a crucial resource for pollinating insects – The Conversation



Seattle to Build Landmark Maritime Innovation Center – Cruise Industry News

Nickelback’s hometown removes iconic signs celebrating Alberta’s biggest rock stars – CBC News



Creating Safe Communities and Options for Walk-Bike-Ride Transportation in New Jersey – New Jersey Future

Manhattan Beach Council directs MBPD: no more e-bike warnings – Easy Reader &
Peninsula Magazine

Baltimore Water Trail Network Brings New Access For Paddle Sports – Chesapeake Bay Magazine

Law Requiring Searchable Citywide Bike Map Passes in NYC City Council – BK Reader

E-bike programs and other green transit efforts are sprouting throughout California. Will they catch on? – Los Angeles Times

Houston’s Vision Zero report for 2022 shows traffic fatalities were down, but not by much – Houston Public Media

Hanford active transportation plan looking to build on walking, biking infrastructure – Hanford Sentinel

Here are the benefits of non-auto modes of transportation – KHON-TV

Maine expanding ‘Rail Trail’ network near New Hampshire border – AP

The Loop Comes Full Circle – D Magazine



The 2023 West Virginia Bridge Design & Build ContestAASHTO (special report)

Highway Safety Behavioral Strategies for Rural and Tribal Areas: A Guide – BTSCRP

Highway Safety Behavioral Strategies for Rural Areas – BTSCRP

Address Climate Change and Breathe Easier with Research on Transportation Emissions – TRB



FY 2023 Competitive Funding Opportunity: Pilot Program for Transit- Oriented Development Planning – FTA (Notice)

Notice of Final Federal Agency Action on the Rocky Flats NWR Trails and Rocky Mountain Greenway Connections Project in Colorado FHWA (Notice of limitation on claims for judicial review of actions by FHWA and other Federal agencies)

Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) Program Compliance; Notification of Webinar – EPA (Notification of webinar)

Clean Water Act Section 404 Tribal and State Program Regulation – EPA (Proposed rule)

Revisions to the Air Emissions Reporting Requirements – (EPA (Proposed rule)

Air Plan Approval; CA; San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District; Removal of Excess Emissions Provisions – EPA (Proposed rule)

Air Plan Approval; Washington; Southwest Clean Air Agency; Emission Standards and Controls for Sources Emitting Gasoline Vapors EPA (Proposed rule)

Notice of Intent To Amend the Resource Management Plan for the Proposed GridLiance West Core Upgrades Transmission Line Project in Nye and Clark Counties, Nevada and Prepare an Associated Environmental Impact Statement – Bureau of Land Management (Notice)

Evaluation of New Jersey Coastal Management Program; Notice of Public Meeting; Request for Comments – NOAA (Notice)

Board Meeting (8/29/23) – U.S. Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board (Notice)

Board Meeting (8/30/23) – U.S. Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board (Notice)