Bumpy River: Officials in Prince George’s County, Md., recently deployed a floating trash trap in the Anacostia River to remove litter and debris from the waterway.
Based on technology developed in Australia, the Bandalong system collects refuse in nets. It costs $35,000 to $40,000, and if it works as it’s expected to, Prince George’s officials plan to buy and install about a dozen more of the contraptions in the Anacostia.
And evidently the river needs that many of the litter traps, if not more. Last week, the Washington Post reports, a pontoon boat carrying local officials on a cruise intended to showcase the waterway’s potential collided with some underwater debris, giving the boat’s passengers a jolt.