In the past 10 months, the Nautilus has been passively collecting trash along the north side of the Cherry Creek between Blake Street and Market Street. The Water Connection (TWC) is excited to share some trash stats for what has been collected!
What is listed above (and more!) was collected in 32 site visits spaced over10 months! Nautilus was serviced regularly by Mile High Flood District and ArborForce-- thank you for being such integral partners during this pilot process and for collecting valuable information regarding the device’s function and what types of debris were caught! Other partners for this pilot include ClayDean Electric, who built this version of Nautilus, as well as Denver Parks and Recreation and Naranjo Civil Constructors.
Plans for Nautilus 2 are being explored, so check back in early 2021 for more information!
To learn more about this project, visit the Nautilus page. You can also reach out to the Director of The Water Connection, Devon Buckels at firstname.lastname@example.org
SPREE teachers had such a great time the last 4 Wednesday afternoons for SPREE After School! We learned a lot together with our students through our many experiments, crafts, and critter crawls!
Our first week, which was the last week of October, had a spooky atmosphere. We went down to critter crawl where we pulled out many critters with eerie lifestyles. Crawdads, which are one of our favorite river dwellers, are actually scavengers. That means they eat dead things! We caught probably 10-15 crawdads together this day! We also learned about the unhinged jaws of dragonfly larvae, and the tearing mouth parts of mayfly larvae!
After critter crawl, we had an engineering craft to help us thaw out. We made spider launchers! First we made spiders from pipe cleaners, and then using rubber bands and recycled materials, we constructed a web-like launcher. SPREE teachers were impressed because all our students’ launchers worked better than teachers!