This solar-powered technology can remove up to 50,000 pounds of waste from the water every day.

Many an innovation has been the result of someone becoming fed up with how things are and doing something about it. The City of Baltimore’s new Water Wheel to clean trash and debris from the harbor is just one of the latest.

Baltimore’s inner harbor has long been an eyesore for the city, so much so that Water Wheel co-founder John Kellett of Clearwater Mills remembers many comments about how filthy the water was. Tired of hearing tourists complain about how foul the harbor was, Kellett was inspired to take action and constructed a successful prototype to mitigate the damage. He garnered support from the Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore, and thus the world’s first Water Wheel for trash removal was built in an impressive seven months by a small team of four.

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