The concept for the Nautilus design was created by two students at Metropolitan State University of Denver, Mara Maxwell and TJ DiTallo, as part of TGF’s Clean River Design Challenge (CRDC) held during the 2015-2016 academic year. CRDC is a yearlong competition that challenges teams of undergraduate students to design and build a scale model of a device to be placed in a waterway in Metro Denver to remove trash and debris. Along with being efficient and effective, these devices also have to meet numerous other criteria: they must not negatively impact the flood plain, they must be safe for recreational users and wildlife, and they must have an educational and/or art aspect to the design to engage passersby in the community.
Trash in our waterways is not only an eyesore, but it can also harm wildlife and degrade water quality. TGF is also pursuing other trash capture approaches, such as storm drain filtration devices, for collecting trash before it enters our rivers and streams. The 15 storm drain filters in Metro Denver collected 3,960 pounds of pollutants in less than two years.
Next time you are biking or hiking the Cherry Creek path, stop by to visit the Nautilus!
I would love to bring my 12 advisees to see the prototype and do a riverbank clean up. Would you be able to host a group of 12 7th graders on April 9th?
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Hey, I am in a social entrepreneurship class in 7th grade and I would love to talk to you guys through email about your genius prototype.
Hello Camden! My name is Lauren Berent, and I am the Associate Director for The Water Connection. I am happy to talk to you more about this project over email! Please email any questions to email@example.com.
Looking forward to talking with you!