Inner Harbor Gets New Equipment To Help With Cleaning

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BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Last week’s flooding also caused major problems for the Inner Harbor. Much of the water is still filled with debris from the storm.

Meghan McCorkell has a look at what’s being done to clean it up.

There are piles of garbage and debris along the shoreline, all of it caused by last week’s flooding.

There is so much debris and trash and so many fallen branches, you can barely see the water. Last week’s storms caused major runoff issues. It also churned up the water, which may have caused an even scarier problem.

“Actually, what that’s done is release toxins and pollution that were down below that that water will have mixed,” said Halle Van der Gaag with Blue Water Baltimore.

The storms come on the heels of last week’s fish kill.

“That was the worst I’ve seen it,” said Jack Brady.

Brady has been fishing off the docks in Cherry Hill for four years but with the shoreline now covered in garbage, he says the fish just aren’t biting.

“The way that water looks right now, it’s terrible,” he said.

Environmental groups are taking steps to try and clean up some of the trash in the harbor. Later this week, a new water wheel trash interceptor will be introduced, capable of picking up 50,000 pounds of garbage every day, running only on solar power and the current–but people still need to do their part.

“Picking up after animals, using a proper trash can and making sure that you’re calling 311 and alerting the city when you see someone dumping on vacant lots,” Van der Gaag said.

The city is expanding its street sweeping operation in part to help with stormwater runoff issues.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is still working to determine the cause of last week’s fish kill.

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