Wondering About Our WATERGOAT?
. Whats with that Name? Goats eat every kind of trash, whether it's on land or in a river, goats chomp it up!
. Yes the WATERGOAT works very well but what really makes it special is that it brings neighbors, communities and corporations together in a planet friendly cause. These tools give folks the ability to combat pollution and provide data driven education for surrounding communities and schools. Shoreline cleanups are great but there is no end in sight for those annual Grant consuming efforts - Watergoats prevent never imaginable amounts of raw trash from ever getting close to big waters each and every day!
. The very first WATERGOAT started capturing trash in (2006) St. Pete, Florida - designed by Mark Maksimowicz. It was a complicated contraption with hydraulics, pulleys, cables, zinc plates, stainless grates, expensive coatings and chemical absorbent materials. Not practical for universal acceptance and affordability. What was needed was a simple, yet highly effective, durable device that would be accepted by StormWater departments and government agencies nationwide. Since then we have developed four types of Watergoats for various applications. These devices are available with chemical absorption capabilities and extremely heavy hold-back Port Security requirements.
. The WATERGOAT booms are perfectly suited for lakes, rivers or canals. These trash barriers survive in the harshest conditions and, to date, boast a survival rate of 8 - 10 years. Watergoats for Salt Water applications are readily available but the life-span is drastically reduced to 3 years.
. The WATERGOAT allows 94% continuous water flow rates with structural 1/4" water displacement. Netting/Skirting while offered at two drape-down sizes (8" and 16") stops floatables without rigid form, vertical chains hang at intermittent spaces to keep form and aid with organic matter gathering. Netting is never allowed to reach river, lake or pond bottom. Netting is wildlife/marinelife friendly and would never be installed where access or egress for creatures would become a challenge. (NETTING/NAVIGABLE WATERS) The WATERGOAT should never be installed (spanning) across a canal or river where motorized boats will traverse. Motorless canoes, kayaks or jon Boats easily roll over a WATERGOAT.)
. In most applications, a WATERGOAT attaches easily to 'StormWater Outfalls' within an hour. The device either attaches to a head-wall or raises and lowers on earth anchors aka spuds that are driven into the high water level on top of ridging embankment. This allows the WATERGOAT to rise and lower with rapidly fluctuating water levels. One side of a WATERGOAT cable is left unsecured so it is able to break free, avoiding total asset loss during catastrophic flooding events.
. Sizing - no matter the application or size, a WATERGOAT will always need to achieve or assume a 'Crescent Shape'. This applies both to spanning canals and rivers or attaching to StormWater Outfalls. There is engineering involved and reasons for the applied formulas. WATERGOAT is available in every size - the longest so far at 110' - but at some point maintenance becomes a concern. Maintenance is always performed from the safety of embankments and tethered cables are provided to pull the device to the shoreline.
WATERGOAT IMPACT: Environmental Ledger. Waterway trash/debris throughout the U.S. has become a direct threat to the environment, health, tourism and regional economic stability. With debris now being captured at over 90 WATERGOAT locations in five states (more to be announced/Fall19) we are in a unique position to provide 'accurate' real-time data to citizens. For the first time ever, costly resources and educational efforts can now be directed to specific industrial sectors or affected micro communities. We are growing fast thanks to generous corporate participants, look for major announcements soon!
"Saving The Ocean Starts With Us"
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This is a free flowing canal 1/2 mile from a central Florida theme park. All of this trash will be prevented from entering big waters because of a singular WATERGOAT, ... 24/7 365
On average, plastic straws account for less than -1% of what a WATERGOAT captures. Plastic bottles/cups and styrene products consistently rank over 70%.
Are plastic bottles and styrene/foam containers the real problem? Once a product is purchased, who is then responsible for proper disposal of these most basic items?
Wherever we travel, the 'Trashy Math' stays pretty much the same - and with so many Watergoats reporting, yes ...we are experts. Here's what you can expect to pull out of the local waterway: (Based on 'Items' not weight - totals may vary slightly each month with rain amounts.) As of JUNE 2019:
. 59% Plastic Beverage Bottles
. 20% Styrene/Plastic Fountain Cups
. 7% Aluminum Cans
. 10% Glass Bottles, Clothing, Lumber, etc...
. 4% Dreaded Mystery Items!
Where does it all originate from? After many years of Trash-Tracking we can say with certainty that the items are first and foremost disposed of improperly by the consumers. Convenience stores and fast food establishments are where the vast majority of the products are purchased - but It is our belief that once a product is purchased, it then becomes the responsibility of the 'Purchaser' to dispose of container/wrapper properly.
Then there's this, nearly every large metro area has hundreds, if not thousands, of Public Transit / Bus Stops that all sit on top of StormWater drains due to Easement and Zoning issues. Have you ever seen a bus stop that is not covered in trash? The big rains wash all of that debris directly into the always close storm water systems.
May we suggest to all food and beverage companies, please consider utilizing more of the open space on plastic bottles, plastic/foam fountain cups with 'Proper Disposal' messaging! On average, only 1% of container surface space is dedicated to 'Proper Disposal' efforts. Working together, we can change all this 'Trashy Math' quickly!
"Saving The Ocean Starts In Our Neighborhoods!"
We gladly partner with communities, schools, municipalities and hard working environmental groups anywhere in the United States. (A long term WATERGOAT maintenance agreement is always desired). The collected data from ongoing WATERGOAT maintenance is most important as it provides valuable education downstream. With this real-time data, educational efforts and resources can be directed quickly to specific neighborhoods or industrial sectors. Polluted waterways are no longer just an aesthetic concern as they are adversely affecting the health and economic stability of entire regions. Corporate sponsors make it all happen and in return WATERGOAT gives sponsors the ability to reach entirely new demographics with positive environmental branding. Each new location comes with signage, press events and ongoing social media updates.
Ready to sail with us?
Contact WATERGOAT: Admin@Watergoat.org
Partners on the High Seas, these good folks are doing great things on behalf of our Oceans. CoastalImpactFund.org
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