Photos and statistics courtesy of Clearwater Mills LLC. (2013) Clearwater Mills Sustainable Environmental Technologies.
Become part of the litter solution with the Waterwheel initiative for a cleaner Trinity River. Check out our sponsorship page for a full list of donors who are already supporting the Trinity River Waterwheels Initiative!
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The City of Fort Worth is home to over 100 miles of trails along the beautiful Trinity River and its tributaries.
Waterwheels are planned to be a new resource in Fort Worth, making a positive impact on being a sustainable and environmentally-friendly community. Everyone wants access to clean water and the ability to enjoy recreational activities without coming into contact with trash or stormwater pollution. Waterwheels are a gigantic solution to cleaner waterways.
It couldn’t be any simpler but the results are astonishing when it comes to cleaning tons of trash pollution from waterways in a short period of time.
A waterwheel is a pollution-control, wheel-based machine that is placed in flowing waterways to collect and remove floatable pollution.
The waterwheel and an attached conveyer belt is mounted on a floating platform. Containment booms funnel floating trash and debris to a conveyer. The waterwheel, powered by energy from the river current and solar-powered pumps, works the conveyer to lift trash and deposit them into a detachable dumpster. The dumpster is then hauled by a service vessel to a transfer point for disposal.
The entire structure is covered to protect the equipment and prevent trash from being blown by the wind. It also houses the photovoltaic (solar) panels. The entire waterwheel measures approximately 52' long x 24' wide with a 14' diameter x 3' wide wheel.
Waterwheels are a proven, sustainable, lower-cost technology to clean our valuable Trinity River. There’s no doubt that trash in our waterways harms habitats, transports chemical pollutants, and threatens aquatic life. This is an important step in laying the foundation to reduce and eliminate harmful environmental impacts for the Trinity River.
Data excerpted from Baltimore, MD Healthy Harbor Initiative.
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There are many opportunities to support the waterwheels project. Set a time to discuss ways you can get involved by contacting Keep Fort Worth Beautiful at KFWB@fortworthtexas.gov or (817) 392-2046.
Check out our sponsorship page for a full list of donors who are already supporting the Trinity River Waterwheels Initiative!
Donations up to $1,000
Thank you letter
Invitation to the groundbreaking ceremony with name listed on printed event program
Invitation to the opening ceremony with name listed on printed event program
Name listed on the Keep Fort Worth Beautiful website
Donations of $1,000-$4,999
Signature Donor level plus:
Logo on the KFWB website
Logo on groundbreaking ceremony program
Logo on opening ceremony program
Donations of $5,000-$9,999
Bronze Donor level plus:
Logo on opening ceremony banner
Donations of $10,000-$49,999
Silver Donor level plus:
Booth at opening ceremony
Quarterly metrics update
Donations of $50,000-$99,999
Gold Donor level plus:
Excerpt about company/organization on the KFWB website
Photo opportunity with shovel at groundbreaking ceremony
Logo on wheel signage
Personal tour of waterwheel with KFWB board members
Donations of $100,000-$400,000
Platinum Donor level plus:
Branded quarterly metrics media pack for two years
Branded placard on ground-level site marker
Opportunity to speak at media events
Donations over $400,000
Diamond Donor level plus:
Branding on the waterwheel
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