"Saving The Ocean Starts With Us"
Where ever we travel the 'Trashy Math' stays pretty much the same - and with so many Watergoat's 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.)
. 64% Plastic Beverage Bottles
. 17% Styrene/Plastic Fountain Cups
. 9% Aluminum Cans
. 6% Glass Bottles, Plastic Bags, Straws, 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. Then there's this, each municipality 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. We have also studied School Bus Stops, ...yes, most are also littered up with One&Done Plastic Containers and Wrappers.
May we suggest that Beverage Companies might want to consider utilizing more of the open space on plastic bottles, plastic/foam fountain cups with 'Proper Disposal' messaging! Guess how much surface space is (on average) dedicated to 'Proper Disposal' efforts? ...-1%, and you may need a Magnifying Glass. Working together we can change all this 'Trashy Math' quickly!
"Saving The Ocean Starts In Our Neighborhoods!"
Wondering About Our WATERGOAT?
. That Name?! ...Goats eat every kind of trash whether its on land or in a river, Goats end up chomping on it!
. Yes the WATERGOAT works so well but what really makes it special is that it brings neighbors, communities and corporations together in a planet friendly cause. Finally, tools that 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 site for those annual Grant consuming efforts - Watergoats prevent never imaginable amounts of raw trash from ever getting close to big waters!
. The very first WATERGOAT designed by Mark Maksimowicz started capturing trash in (2006) St. Pete, Florida. It was actually 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. Maksimowicz has since 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 SaltWater applications are available but the life-span is drastically reduced to 3 years.
. The WATERGOAT allows 94% continuous water flow rates with a 1/4" water displacement. Netting/Skirting while offered at two drape-down sizes (8" & 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 is never 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. 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 on one side and avoid 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's engineering and reasons for the formulas involved. 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.