The Healthy Harbor Initiative isn’t looking to reinvent the water wheel in Canton; they’re just looking to finance it.
And with contributions this month of $11,680 from the Baltimore Water Taxi and $10,000 each from the Canton Car Wash and 1212 East Apartments, the Waterfront Partnership has reached nearly 40 percent of its goal of $550,000.
Last month, the group announced plans to build a second trash-collecting water wheel in Baltimore, to be located at the Harris Creek outfall near Boston Street Pier Park with the intent of capturing litter and debris and preventing it from reaching the Inner Harbor and Chesapeake Bay.
The Canton Water Wheel will be modeled after the water wheel in the Inner Harbor, which uses a combination of water power and solar power to lift trash from the water into a dumpster barge. Since its installation in May 2014, the wheel has removed 278 tons of trash and debris from the harbor, including nearly 6 million cigarette butts and more than 350,000 combined plastic bottles and polystyrene containers.
At $550,000, the Canton wheel will cost 30 percent less than the one in the Harbor, but that wheel was co-funded by the Maryland Port Administration and Constellation Energy while Canton’s must be financed through fundraising efforts, Adam Lindquist, manager of the Healthy Harbor Initiative, said last month.
In addition to the funds donated from the car wash, taxi service and apartment building, individual donors have given more than $7,000, adding to the initial $175,000 from the Keith Campbell Foundation, Clayton Baker Trust and Rauch Foundation. The funds raised so far total $212,810.
Lindquist also said he does not anticipate any problems receiving a permit for construction of the wheel once sufficient funds have been raised.
For more information on the Healthy Harbor initiative, visit www.healthyharbor.org. More information about the Canton Water Wheel and a link to donate toward the project can be found at www.cantonwaterwheel.com.