City funds $350K for Ala Wai trash interceptor project - Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL

City funds $350K for Ala Wai trash interceptor project

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

By Jolanie Martinez 

Sustainable Coastline Hawai'i and its partners, Surfrider Foundation and 808 Clean Ups kicked off their campaign for a new device that will clean up one of Honolulu's most polluted waterways. 

The local organizations have been working together to bring a water wheel trash interceptor to the Ala Wai Canal where concerns have been growing over the amount of trash, plastics and debris that pollute the canal due to heavy rain and flooding.

To prevent the waste and debris from reaching the south shores, the water wheel will be placed right after the bridge on Ala Moana Boulevard where the canal and beach connects. It can collect thousands of pounds of garbage.

Without the use of electricity or oil, the interceptor will run for about 12 hours a day with the pace of the current.

Before an interceptor can be officially installed, a feasibility study will be conducted to determine its efficiency and impact to the marine environment along with maintenance and operational costs.

The city council has already funded $350,000 for the project, but local organizations are hoping to raise an estimated total of $6,500 to pay for the feasibility study.

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