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Watching the water wheel turn

Who knew a water wheel sucking trash out of the Inner Harbor would be so popular to watch?

Video of the Inner Harbor Water Wheel posted on YouTube has  been watched 1 million times, according to the Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore. The water wheel was installed in May and has is capable of removing  50,000 pounds of trash a day.

“The Water Wheel and what it’s doing to clean up the trash and debris from the Inner Harbor is powerful – none of us should ignore what it means for this many people to be paying attention to this issue,” said Michael Hankin, chairman of the Waterfront Partnership board of directors said in a news release.

Although the video has a long way to go before it catches up with most watched videos on YouTube, for example the original “Harlem Shake” video pulled in 95 million views in 2013, it’s off to a pretty good start for a video of a wheel cleaning up the Inner Harbor.

The Maryland Port Administration and Exelon Corp.’s renewable energy arm Constellation sponsored the $800,000 water wheel that was designed by architecture firm Ziger/Snead.

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