The Inner Harbor’s trash-filtering water wheel was a $800,000 investment in keeping Baltimore’s most prominent waterway free of trash and debris. One year in, it’s paid off in spades, capturing as many as 19 tons of gunk in one day, and even winning a starring role in a Ford commercial. There are 6 million fewer cigarette butts in the Inner Harbor thanks to this guy.
The experiment has been such a success, in fact, that city groups are trying to raise funds to build a second water wheel, this time in Canton. While the first one was co-funded by the Maryland Port Administration and Constellation Energy, the Canton wheel is being paid for by private fundraising. The Healthy Harbor Initiative, which is spearheading the effort, has already raised 40 percent of its $550,000 goal, including $7,000 from private individuals, $11,680 from the Baltimore Water Taxi, and $10,000 each from the Canton Car Wash and 1212 East Apartments, the Daily Record reports.
You can learn more about the project and donate here.
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