One of the best things in a Baykeeper’s day is meeting people who happily walk the talk. So it was quite a buzz this week to see Ross Headifen install a litter trap which he designed for the stormwater outfall at Albert Park beach.
Better still, he’d already installed several other traps on City of Port Phillip foreshores; and negotiated with CoPP to have the traps maintained and monitored by the local beach cleaning crew.
Ross has designed the traps to be quite robust but economical. While not huge, they are large enough to contain the expected litter load and still allow high stormwater flows to escape rather than blocking up and causing localised flooding upstream. We’ll be working with Ross to see how the traps perform over the coming summer to evaluate the designs and rectify any maintenance issues.