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Clogged storm drains are contributing to street flooding in Miami Beach

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Weekly trash cleanups in the canal led to a significant discovery - Clogged Storm Drains are contributing to street flooding in Miami Beach. Trash comes from the street level into storm drains. Trash that makes it past ‘traps’ discharge to the waterway and clog the outlet.

4 Simple Solutions :
1) Reduce litter with proper placement of trash cans - “can on every corner”
2) Street level gratings that keep material from going into the drains, while allowing full flow of storm water. Watch in action : http://youtu.be/ezdqgPX8AWw
3) Better cleaning schedule of existing storm drain traps/interceptors (which catch debris)
4) ‘Catch bin’ at the water output (flexible net style)

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Clogged storm drains are contributing to street flooding in Miami Beach

  1. 1. Weekly trash cleanups in the canal led to a significant discovery Clogged Storm Drains are contributing to street flooding Dave and his Kayak 1.4 miles every Sunday (4 hours) Collects about 50 lbs of trash every week.!. Commonly found trash in Collins Canal: • • • • • Plastic shopping bags Plastic water soda bottles Cigarette butts (not biodegradable) Cigarette pack plastic wrappers Styrofoam Cups / food containers • • • • • Plastic Bottle caps Plastic Straws Plastic Food bags (potato chips) and wrappers Aluminum cans Used fishing line
  2. 2. Storm Drain outlet is clogged with trash… Storm Drain outlets on Washington Ct and 22nd Street (Feb 17, 2014 low tide). One is partially clogged, and the other is completely clogged with trash from the street level. Water cannot flow properly. For FULL presentation on “Trash in Miami Beach Waterways” and contact info : http://www.slideshare.net/davedoebler
  3. 3. Clogged Drain is preventing water from flowing out… Storm drain COMPLETELY clogged. Only a trickle of water flows out. As I pull debris out, water starts flowing out at a significant rate. Once removed, storm water flows freely. Contents of storm drain blockage Plastic bottles Aluminum cans Plastic shopping bags Plastic cups and containers Coconut (which I cannot remove) th **August 25 2013 For FULL presentation on “Trash in Miami Beach Waterways” and contact info : http://www.slideshare.net/davedoebler
  4. 4. Trash originates at the street level Trash from the street is allowed to go into the drains… Thus clogging them up... Trash that makes it past ‘traps’ discharge to the waterway and clog the outlet For FULL presentation on “Trash in Miami Beach Waterways” and contact info : http://www.slideshare.net/davedoebler
  5. 5. Simple Solutions : 1) Reduce litter with proper placement of trash cans - “can on every corner” 2) Street level gratings that keep material from going into the drains, while allowing full flow of storm water. Watch in action : http://youtu.be/ezdqgPX8AWw 3) Better cleaning schedule of existing storm drain traps/interceptors (which catch debris) 4) ‘Catch bin’ at the water output (flexible net style) For FULL presentation on “Trash in Miami Beach Waterways” and contact info : http://www.slideshare.net/davedoebler

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