Watergoat Stormwater Debris Boom Eats Trash Out of Storm Drains


Watergoat Trash Debris Boom
Much like its notoriously un-picky mammalian counterpart, the new storm system trash collector the Watergoat from First Earth Industries gathers any and all garbage that coasts through its path. The Watergoat is essentially a storm water debris boom made simple: it’s a nylon net that forms a floating barrier around a storm drain’s outlet, and it can collect up to hundreds of pounds of trash every rain cycle.

Any trash that gets sucked down a storm drain during a heavy rain naturally follows the path of the water current until it’s let out into a river, lake, ocean, or other body of water. Water debris booms like the Watergoat can prevent that trash from seeping out. Yet the Watergoat Island, an accompanying product from New Earth Industries, may actually be the more interesting of the new Watergoat products thanks to its ability to enrich and absorb harmful elements out of a trash-laden lake. Here's how it works.
The Watergoat Island
It’s a floating island of natural plants that filters the excess nitrogen and phosphorous that come with every storm runoff.

From the Watergoat website:

Due to extremely high levels of nitrogen and phosphorus in stormwater runoff, a ponds’ natural ability to filter these elements becomes impaired because of a lack of oxygen, this results in nutrient overload causing the natural vegetation to overgrow its’ environment. You end up with a body of water choked with algae or other unsightly vegetation and relying on chemicals to solve the problem. Watergoat island creates a natural filter for nitrogen and phosphorus. By using the root mat of plants, combined with the infused oxygen from a solar powered aerator, these elements are filtered from the water and vegetation is controlled naturally-without the use of harmful chemicals.

The Watergoat and Island seem like sound ideas—and are relatively affordable given their function. Hopefully municipalities afflicted with water-bound trash problems and concerned citizens will take note.

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Tags: Biology | Pollution | Waste | Water Conservation

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