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New trash-collecting barge looks like a cross between a steamboat and a conch shell

New trash-collecting barge looks like a cross between a steamboat and a conch shell

Removing debris from Upper Newport Bay could be aided by a proposal that's been floating around City Hall for several months — a trash-collecting barge.

At first glance, the so-called water wheel looks like a cross between a steamboat and a conch shell. From its proposed stationary position where the San Diego Creek feeds into the Back Bay near the Jamboree Road bridge, the vessel would funnel incoming creek debris into an on-board bin that would be emptied periodically.

The vessel could be powered by a mix of solar and hydraulic energy, said Bob Stein, an engineer with the city of Newport Beach, which is leading the effort. The project's cost is estimated at $750,000 to $1...

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