The weather leading up to this survey has been relatively calm with the most recent rainstorm taking place five days ago (8/21) at 0.60 inches of rain. It has been some time since our previous survey was completed, but we noticed some of the typical trends we have noted in the past.
This week the RTA average is at 2.45. Much of the litter along the RTA zones is on the smaller size, such as candy wrappers, cigarette butts, or bits of plastic. RTA M received a 5 today. In a previous blog post (June 17th, 2016) we mentioned the landscaping outside of the Cardone factory seemed to push workers to eat their lunch or take breaks across the street, in to RTA M. The workers wanted to enjoy their break in the shade, but this could potentially lead to higher amounts of litter in this area. Today, we can very clearly see evidence of this as there was an extreme amount of litter and cigarette butts along the curb we previously saw workers sitting. Also, sewer inlet #143111, located not far downhill from RTA M, contained the highest amount of trash we have seen in a long time.
The average inlet clog rate for this month’s survey is 1.25. This is about the same as the previous survey. Absence of heavy rain and lack of leaves and other organic matter falling from trees makes the Summer months fairly steady as far as inlet clogging is concerned. The total amount of trash accumulated is 265 pieces, which is slightly higher than our previous survey.
As mentioned, inlet #143111, located along Rising Sun Avenue, contained the highest amount of trash that we have seen. This single inlet contained 61 pieces of trash, 52 of which were plastics. The inlet has also followed previous trends of growing a significant amount of organic matter on top of it, catching any trash that blows around it. Aside from the significant amount of trash accumulated in this inlet, most of the other inlets throughout the survey had minimal trash.
Inlet #127512, slightly up the road from Inlet #143111 on Rising Sun Avenue, continues to degrade where the two inlet mouths meet. Both inlet tops move easily when walked on.