Trash Trout

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Trash Trouts™ are purpose built stormwater litter traps. These traps sit in urban creeks and streams keeping manmade trash from entering main waterways.  These devices are built to withstand the rigors of flashy rain events, yet passive enough not to harm the local fauna. Roadside littering accounts for approximately 75% of the trash in our nations waterways. Each time it rains, trash is funneled through our storm drain systems directly into our creeks. No filters or other mechanisms are in place to keep the trash from entering our waterways.

Once the trash has entered the water, it will begin the process of photodegradation. Whereby the petroleum based products such as plastics begin to break into smaller pieces known as microplastics. These tiny pieces of trash are in some instances consumed by wildlife with the majority of this debris will go on a journey that will take it through several states and rivers before finally ending up in our oceans.

NC Riverkeepers across the state received a grant with the help of Waterkeepers Carolina, to collaborate with Asheville GreenWorks and their Trash Trout design to help mitigate stormwater pollution in our waterways. The Haw River Assembly has installed its first Trash Trout in Third Fork Creek, Durham with hopes that this model will encourage other municipalities to follow suit.

Help us monitor your waterways Trash Trout by becoming a volunteer member.

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