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Partial solution to trash in water? Maybe. Answered

 Hey everyone, I had a couple of ideas for getting trash out of our storm drains/oceans/streams/rivers,
the first one, this one has a couple of flaws: This is a very basic idea to skimming trash off the surface of water, a net. Preferably one with small holes to limit the amount of trash flowing out of it with the water. BUT, fatal flaw: It can also catch wildlife in it, and I'm still trying to figure out how to work around this. Any suggestions?

Second, a filter of sorts for storm drains/streams: Imagine a metal mesh wedge, kind of like a snowplow wedge, that would go in front of drains and such (I'm thinking more for the type of streams and drains that have those big tunnels going under roads and sidewalks and emerge on the other side). The wedge could allow water to flow through, but direct trash off to the sides to collection tanks. I'll try to illustrate it below.

- - - - - - - - <0 (the lines would be the stream, then the wedge, then the drain/tunnel opening. I couldn't do the tanks...)

I'm eager for any suggestions/tips, improvements, and thoughts on these!

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lemonie
lemonie

11 years ago

If you fit bars to the water-course you can "rake" them. For floating trash, only partially submerge them.

L

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Zem
Zem

Reply 11 years ago

 Ooh, good idea! Would they be stationary, and able to be raised and lowered? Or puller along by something?

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lemonie
lemonie

Reply 11 years ago

Well that's up to you I suppose, think "big comb" at ~45o.

L

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Zem
Zem

Reply 11 years ago

 Hmm... I like that!

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Kiteman
Kiteman

11 years ago

The metal-mesh wedge is already in use.

It needs cleaned occasionally, as floating debris does eventually block it.


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Zem
Zem

Reply 11 years ago

 Really? I had no idea. Cool!

Yeah.. I figured that might be part of it.