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Water Wheel Picks Up Trash in Baltimore's Waterways
VOA ^ | 7-14-2014 | Deborah Block

Posted on 07/14/2014 6:14:41 PM PDT by Citizen Zed

Daniel Chase, co-designer of the device, says it can remove 45,000 metric tons of garbage each day.

“Instead of chasing one or two pieces of trash at a time, we just stand at the source of it and catch it all at once,” he said.

Chase says the garbage comes from people who throw litter like plastic bottles or Styrofoam plates on the ground, instead of putting it into bins.

The water wheel uses renewable energy -- mostly river current, but when needed, also energy from solar panels.

‘It is run on water, so it’s either river current, pushing from underneath or we are pumping water onto it which then fills buckets to carry the wheel around,” Chase said.

The rotation of the water wheel also provides other benefits by putting oxygen back into the river, and thus improving the water quality.

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45,000 metric tons of garbage each day? What's he smoking?


1 posted on 07/14/2014 6:14:41 PM PDT by Citizen Zed
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To: Citizen Zed

Can they put a few down on the Rio?


2 posted on 07/14/2014 6:16:55 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy ("Harvey Dent, can we trust him?" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HBsdV--kLoQ)
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To: Citizen Zed

Wet trash is heavy.


3 posted on 07/14/2014 6:20:58 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: Citizen Zed

He is higher than Obama during Benghazi.


4 posted on 07/14/2014 6:21:32 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (The cure has become worse than the disease. Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: Citizen Zed

Looks like a common sense, good idea to me.


5 posted on 07/14/2014 6:24:29 PM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (Obama lied; our healthcare died.)
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To: HereInTheHeartland

And it only cost $800,000!


6 posted on 07/14/2014 6:29:21 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: Citizen Zed

They need a big one for oil spills.


7 posted on 07/14/2014 6:30:21 PM PDT by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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http://www.zigersnead.com/projects/details/baltimore-water-wheel/


8 posted on 07/14/2014 6:31:28 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: smokingfrog
I've been watching the weed harvesters out on the lake today and they seem terribly inefficient. They have to return to shore to offload every 5 minutes or so and they're sloooooow.

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9 posted on 07/14/2014 6:37:06 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: mountainlion
Brett Favre's brother already made one built into the bow of a tanker ship which collects, separates the oil from the water, and puts the water back into the estuary cleaned of oil.

But the EPA will not allow it to be used in oil spills because it wasn't their doings, or public money spent. As a matter of fact the thing makes a profit by collecting the oil for refining.

10 posted on 07/14/2014 6:38:13 PM PDT by blackdog (There is no such thing as healing, only a balance between destructive and constructive forces.)
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To: blackdog

probbly doesn’t kill enough stuff cleaning the water. put a wind turbine and a solar farm on there to chop and roast some birds and fedgov may let them use it.


11 posted on 07/14/2014 7:07:46 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man ( Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: Citizen Zed

Baltimore’s Inner Harbor seems to get a “floater” every day or 2 in the summer. Fattens up the crabs.

Wonder if they are part of the 45,000 tons?


12 posted on 07/14/2014 7:21:24 PM PDT by SnuffaBolshevik
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To: smokingfrog
Wet trash is heavy.

Not that heavy. . . I might see it per year, 45,000 metric tons a day is equivalent of the displacement of a US Navy Nuclear Aircraft Carrier every two days. . . and they'd have to haul that pile of rubbish away each and every day.

How many dump truck loads a day? Let's see. Dump trucks usually handle 6 cubic meters (which is convenient for our calculation). . . Which would weigh 1000 kilograms per cubic meter if it were pure water. But since this trash is made of miscellaneous water-soaked debris that floats on water, let's estimate it at a lighter 750 Kgms per cubic meter. Therefore, each dump truck could carry (6 x 750 Kilograms = ) 4.5 metric tons of the 45,000 tons scooped up by this water wheel waste system each day. Ergo, It would take 1,000 dump truck round trips to the land fill per day to handle the detritus collected by this device.

Oh, and think about this. There are 86,400 second in 24 hours. 86,400 second divided by 45,000 metric tons equals one metric ton every 1.92 seconds. Is this flotsam crowding and jostling for position in a desperate dash to be picked up? A truck has to be loaded and move out approximately every 9 seconds. . . 24/7. Powered by water and solar?

Yeah, sure. I smell fraud.

13 posted on 07/14/2014 7:33:46 PM PDT by Swordmaker (This tag line is a Microsoft insult free zone... but if the insults to Mac users continue...)
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To: Citizen Zed
45,000 metric tons of garbage each day? What's he smoking?

Can't anyone do basic math anymore? Or apply basic logical analysis? See my post above.

At first I thought it had to be journalistic malpractice, but no. . .

This is targeted to low information Green voters.

The ICD-10 code my girlfriend and I came up with:

321.0 SPLAT Liberal Cerebral Defenestration (LCD) or Liberal Acquired Brain Absence (LABA), Complete loss of rationality, cognition, and cerebration due to keeping mind so far open that brain falls out. First and subsequent encounters.

14 posted on 07/14/2014 8:09:33 PM PDT by Swordmaker (This tag line is a Microsoft insult free zone... but if the insults to Mac users continue...)
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To: Swordmaker

Dats a wholottatrash!


15 posted on 07/14/2014 8:22:52 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: blackdog
Are you thinking of Kevin Costner, maybe? Ocean Therapy Solutions
16 posted on 07/14/2014 8:29:02 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: ClearCase_guy; smokingfrog; Citizen Zed
Aha! It is journalistic malpractice as well as errors compounded by the so-called "co-inventor of the device"—who most likely was a gopher for the real engineers—who blew all kinds of green unicorn farts about its miraculous capabilities. ROTFLMAO!

I found an article from May 2014 says the device would remove 50,000 pounds per day. That's 22,700 kilograms, 22.7 metric tons. Almost 2,000 times less capacity than the posted news report claimed.

17 posted on 07/14/2014 8:41:58 PM PDT by Swordmaker (This tag line is a Microsoft insult free zone... but if the insults to Mac users continue...)
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To: smokingfrog
Dats a wholottatrash!

Ahem. For trash data. . . It didn't pass the smell test.

18 posted on 07/14/2014 8:52:43 PM PDT by Swordmaker (This tag line is a Microsoft insult free zone... but if the insults to Mac users continue...)
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To: cripplecreek

How deep can that work ? Looks like if they added a bailer to that and dumped them on a small barge would work.


19 posted on 07/14/2014 8:53:54 PM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin
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To: smokingfrog
Dats a wholottatrash!

Or, shall I put it this way. GARBAGE IN, GARBAGE OUT!

Junk science. . .

20 posted on 07/14/2014 8:54:34 PM PDT by Swordmaker (This tag line is a Microsoft insult free zone... but if the insults to Mac users continue...)
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To: cripplecreek
Your right about the inefficiency. They should pump it ashore like some dredges do.
21 posted on 07/14/2014 9:08:55 PM PDT by Cold Heart
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To: Swordmaker

Even 50K lbs. per day sounds like a stretch.


22 posted on 07/14/2014 10:41:18 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: smokingfrog

“And it only cost $800,000!”

Lucky it wasn’t considered “modern art”, the price would have been 1.2 million. (It does look like a good idea. Not a $800,000 idea, but still a good idea)


23 posted on 07/14/2014 10:55:22 PM PDT by 21twelve (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2185147/posts 2013 is 1933 REBORN)
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To: cripplecreek

They are slow. I just had an idea - how about a pontoon boat with extra capacity to dump the stuff into (like the grain harvesteors). The pontoon boat gets full, another one takes it’s place.

The harvesters are expensive and rare. I’m sure on any given day there are 8 pontoon boats just sitting at their docks.


24 posted on 07/14/2014 10:57:36 PM PDT by 21twelve (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2185147/posts 2013 is 1933 REBORN)
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To: smokingfrog
Even 50K lbs. per day sounds like a stretch.

They're probably counting the wet weight. I noticed in the video a lot of the detritus it picked up was leaves, twigs, and other biological gunk the river would naturally handle on its own. . . Not litter. I'd estimate the litter in each "scooperful" to be about 10-15%. Dry weight? A lot less.

25 posted on 07/14/2014 11:43:10 PM PDT by Swordmaker (This tag line is a Microsoft insult free zone... but if the insults to Mac users continue...)
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To: Citizen Zed

Keep that sucker close to the docks and I’ll happily pay him $5 a pound for the Jimmies he scoops off the pilings. I’m a Maryland boy and always wanted to run a crab shack.


26 posted on 07/15/2014 12:17:15 AM PDT by Viking2002 (Just because I'm paranoid, it doesn't mean I'm wrong.)
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To: smokingfrog

Yes you are right. I’m sorry. Credit to the Costners!


27 posted on 07/15/2014 6:34:29 AM PDT by blackdog (There is no such thing as healing, only a balance between destructive and constructive forces.)
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