A trash-collecting water wheel like Mr. Trash Wheel in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor will soon be gobbling trash in Upper Newport Bay in Southern California.
Newport Beach is expected to receive nearly $1.7 million in state grant money to fund the water-wheel trash-collecting vessel.
The water wheel will capture garbage carried by San Diego Creek from inland Orange County before it hits Newport Harbor and the Pacific Ocean.
It could be powered by a mix of solar and hydraulic energy.
In Baltimore, Mr. Trash Wheel and the female Professor Trash Wheel have cleared more than 999 tons from Baltimore’s harbor since May 2014, according to the Waterfront Partnership. Captain Trash Wheel, the most recent member of the trash wheel family in Baltimore, was added in June.
The Los Angeles Times contributed to this story.