The average temperature leading up to today’s survey has been 71 degrees Fahrenheit for the week. A bit of precipitation occurred June 16th with .08 inches of rainfall.
The overall RTA average this week is at 2.18. Some summer themes we are seeing is the increased litter with more people out and about in the nice weather, lawnmowers are cutting grass but also pieces of litter into tiny bits, and of course trash within bushes.
RTA M may see an increase in its RTA rating each survey. This assumption is based off of the newly landscaped lawns out front of Cardone. We noticed today that many workers were taking their break sitting on the curb in the shade across the street (on RTA M). Before the landscaping had begun at the Cardone location, workers would sit under the trees that once existed during their breaks. Perhaps the desire to sit in the shade will bring more litter across the street. The workers on break are left out of this week’s photo as we did not want to disturb them. For this week, RTA M received a rating of 2.
RTA J received a rating of 3 this week because of the amount of cigarette butts observed. This RTA is the host of 3 cigarette buckets, but there are still many that find their way onto the ground.
RTA K received a rating of 5 this week, as it is consistently the most littered RTA zone along with RTA V. The fence remains broken and litter continues to collect at the foot of the fence along the entire sidewalk.
The average inlet clog rate this week is 1.29, which is fairly consistent with previous surveys this spring. The total amount of trash accumulated is 250. This is a slight increase from the previous survey’s count of 191.
Inlet #143111, located on Rising Sun Avenue, often contains high amounts of trash and has not strayed from this pattern this week. Of the inlets surveyed this week, this one had the most trash. This often occurs because it is located at the bottom of the hill on Rising Sun. The inlet also regularly has plant life growing along it.
Inlet #127512, also located along Rising Sun Avenue, has been unstable for a little while but seems possibly more degraded. Both inlet covers are loose and can easily be moved when pressed on.
On inlet #145784, located on Adams Avenue, we spotted the watershed’s new tags!