The average temperature leading up to this week’s survey was 78 degrees Fahrenheit. There were no rain events leading up to this survey.
The average inlet clog rate is 1.24. This is not a significant difference from previous weeks this month. The total trash accumulated in the inlets is 251 pieces, which is also consistent with the last few weeks.
Inlet #115500, located along Rising Sun Avenue, has collected quite a bit of debris. This could be due to more regular mowing. There were also several inlets during this survey with leaves gathered in them, which could be caused by the use of leaf blowers to remove grass clippings from sidewalks or roads. The amount of organic debris gathered in these inlets is not significant and should not greatly affect water flow.
Inlet #120010, located on Rising Sun Avenue outside of Michel’s Bakery, has broken glass in it for the second week in a row, but overall the inlets were fairly clean and unclogged.
The RTA average this week increased to 2.45 per inlet. The wind speeds from today were averaging around 17 mph and gusts at 28 mph. We were able to observe this as small pieces of trash were visibly blowing around by inlets and RTA zones, most of the litter seemed to be wrappers and paper products. RTA B received a 5 this week as the paper products and wrappers were scattered throughout the zone. The photo shows one section of the zone with scattered products that were able to be moved by wind gusts:
RTA A also received a rating of 5 this week, but also shows the types of litter that seem to be scattered from the high wind and gusts. Napkins, bags, wrappers, and others were scattered down the entire zone:
RTA N received a rating of 2, but was also the host of some potential residential dumping. The trash bags we came across were ripped open and some not even tied, allowing trash to fall out and get blown around on this windy day: