Last week’s rain storm provided Baltimore with its first chance to show off the Inner Harbor’s new trash-removing water wheel in action. As the video above shows, the wheel pulled in all sorts of trash–everything from water bottles to logs to a car tire–which it then automatically sent to a floating dumpster.
The water wheel is designed to intercept as much as 50,000 pounds of trash per day. Will this make the Inner Harbor swimmable in the near future? Eh, I’ll let you jump in first. Still, what an awesome, simple solution to the Jones Falls’ trash problems.