To be able to enjoy the waterways, trash capturing systems are often necessary. They are installed in storm waterways and capture trash before they enter the remaining watersheds. In addition to trapping trash into these systems, it is important to hire cleanup services so that your community can benefit from waterways.
The Importance of Clean Watersheds
The cleanliness of the watersheds affects the quality of life for both people and the environment. A healthy watershed plays a role in recycling nutrients, controlling erosion and sedimentation, improving biodiversity, filtering water, and reducing vulnerability to invasive species.
Those who engage in recreation also benefit from clean watersheds because they can enjoy clean water and will have access to a broader array of plants and wildlife. Watersheds are able to sequester carbon and stop the release of greenhouse gases. They reduce the amount of money that must be spent treating drinking water. They increase property values and also lead to more economic opportunities.
Unfortunately, when making decisions regarding how to use land, the benefits of watersheds is often not taken into consideration. In fact, it is difficult to calculate the monetary cost of neglecting watersheds.
Trash Capturing Technologies
Technologies used to prevent trash from entering the waterway come with upfront costs and ongoing maintenance costs, but can save money in the long-run. Trash capturing systems are deployed in all sorts of locations including storm drain inlets, open-water areas such as a floating boom in a receiving body of water, and inline within pipes or at the outlet of a storm water system.
In many cases, trash can be kept out of waterways by installing screens in locations where the trash is the most likely to enter. For example, a curb inlet cover will keep trash from the street from entering the storm drain system. Other ways to block trash from entering the waterway include:
- Catch basin hoods
- Catch basin outlet screens
- Catch basin fabric inserts
- Hydrodynamic separators
- Linear radial devices
Open water areas many need to use other methods such as trash skimmer vessels, litter brooms, trash traps, and bandalong litter traps.
Waterway Cleanup Services
You may not be able to keep all of the trash from entering the waterway. As a result, you will need to turn to a waterway cleanup service. Some waterway cleanup services are professional organizations that charge a fee and others are non-profit organizations that rely on volunteers and donations. But regardless of which type of service you'll end up relying on, you'll want to make sure to keep your waterway clean.
For more information contact a company who provides waterway cleanup in your area.