Harbor Trash Wheel Makes a Difference

After a recent rainstorm, many of you (like us) may have noticed a mound of trash collecting in the canal next to Pier Six in the harbor. So, where’s all this trash coming from? Storm water flushes litter into Jones Falls River and eventually finds it’s way into the harbor and around the Aquarium.

Luckily, this trash was prevented from flowing into the Inner Harbor thanks to a unique trash collecting device. The solar-powered Water Wheel Powered Trash Inceptor, installed in February, has been known to collect up to seven tons of trash after just one storm.

Let’s Make a Change
What happens upriver affects the water and habitats downstream and onward to the sea. The simplest thing we can do is to dispose of trash properly. Better yet, reduce, reuse, recycle. Be an inspiration and pledge to make a difference. Share with us your stories.

By Tracy McCreary and Jonathan Sullivan

4 Responses to “Harbor Trash Wheel Makes a Difference”


  1. 1 Mack August 6, 2008 at 2:34 pm

    WOW! I’m amazed at how this device is making an impact but disappointed that it’s having to work so hard. I’ve been diligent about picking up litter and trying to encourage friends/family to recycle. Does the Aquarium still host clean-ups? I’d like to get involved. Thanks for sharing, what a great photo and tribute to the changes the city is trying to make.

  2. 2 National Aquarium August 29, 2008 at 9:36 am

    Yes, the Aquarium does host clean up event, and have a few this fall. Visit http://www.aqua.org/conservation for more information! Thanks for your interest!


  1. 1 Flickr Serendipity: Yes, it is a river trash collector! « AmyLiz Studio Trackback on August 15, 2008 at 7:52 pm

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