Professor Trash Wheel.
Professor Trash Wheel.

Baltimore’s harbor is getting a second trash-collecting water wheel, and it’s a girl.

The Healthy Harbor Initiative successfully raised $594,275 for the trash wheel, which will be installed in Canton. It’ll provide trash collection just off the Harris Creek outfall, and is expected to be running before the end of the year. The solar-powered water wheel at Inner Harbor was invented in Baltimore, and has made international headlines for its pollution-fighting prowess.

But the function is not the only reason Baltimoreans love it. The wheel also has its own persona: Mr. Trash Wheel. At a “shower” that completed fundraising for the smaller version of the original Inner Harbor edition on Thursday night, it was revealed that the new trash wheel is a girl. It’ll be named Professor Trash Wheel. We’ll be watching for the Twitter account.

She is already well-schooled.

“She has a degree in trash studies with a focus on the Chesapeake Bay and her dream is to educate Baltimore kids about what they can do to help clean up the Baltimore Harbor,” said Adam Lindquist of the Healthy Harbor Initiative.

Funding was provided by the Pedersen Family, the Abell Foundation and private donations from Baltimore individuals and businesses including Thursday’s event.

Stephen Babcock is the editor of Baltimore and an editor-at-large of Baltimore Fishbowl.