Baltimore’s Water Wheel Sets a New Record

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Before/after Harbor photo via @MrTrashWheel
Before/after Harbor photo via @MrTrashWheel

Baltimore’s much-admired water wheel, which traps trash in the Inner Harbor, captured 19 tons (TONS!!!) of trash and debris this Monday. That’s enough garbage to fill 6.5 dumpsters– the most it’s ever captured in one day.

The wheel is powered by the Jones Falls’s current, as well as by a few solar panels. That means when storms bring more trash to the Inner Harbor, the water wheel kicks into even higher gear. The water wheel’s record-setting day came after the first major spring storm of the season.

And this is probably…. just in time for Earth Day!



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