BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The governor and first lady of Louisiana are hoping to lead by example.
Leaders Against Litter kicked off a statewide cleanup Friday that was led by Gov. John Bel Edwards and his wife, Donna. The governor said he hopes this new effort will encourage others to start cleaning up all over the state.
The idea for this initiative came to the couple while they were exercising.
"We started walking around the lakes and we started to notice tons and tons of trash," First lady Donna Edwards said. "So, we knew not only was it important here, but to spread the word across the state to encourage leaders and others to step out in our own backyards."
Leaders Against Litter continued cleanup efforts throughout the day.
"In the flooding that's going on right now, you see backhoes trying to clean the culverts of litter stopping up the drainage. And that same litter goes into the fields where wildlife and fish will swallow shiny pieces of aluminum," said Mike Strain, commissioner of Louisiana Agriculture and Forestry.
Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser, Louisiana State Police and other state leaders signed a promise to fight litter and remove it to preserve Louisiana's natural beauty.