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Drawing by Alex Hudtwalcker and Victoria Macchi

A Cleaning Device

This project understands entertainment as a tool to raise awareness. During periods of excessive rainfall or snowmelt, combined sewer overflows (CSO) discharge wastewater from New York’s main sewage pipes into the East River and Roosevelt Island, carrying not only stormwater but also untreated human and industrial waste, toxic materials, and debris. In response, a floating device is proposed as a new type of filtration system. First, these will be in charge of collecting trash emerging from different CSOs found along the riverside. Once the devices are brought back to Roosevelt Island, they will be adapted into three different versions that will support activities for the public. Working in clusters and with the help of oysters, this new system will facilitate water filtration processes and the restoration of the ecosystem to create a safe and joyful environment for the community.