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Trash Trout Devours Thousands of Pounds of Litter

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Asheville GreenWorks is celebrating the success of its Trash Trout Project which has prevented over 1,200 pounds of trash from entering the French Broad River.

Installed on June 8th, 2017, the Trash Trout device collects litter in Mud Creek, a tributary of the French Broad River. This results in the preservation of aquatic ecosystems, protection of wildlife, and promise of river recreation for future generations.

“[This] is a cause for celebration,” said Michael Huffman, Stormwater Specialist for the city of Hendersonville. “1,200 pounds will not be reaching the French Broad and eventually our oceans. I am proud to be personally involved in a project that is helping to restore and protect WNC’s water resources!”

Since its inception, the Trash Trout has attracted attention from municipalities around the country that are interested in replicating this innovative device on their waterways. Elastec, the company that manufactures the booms used on the Trash Trout, has even begun making their own prototype of the device, to make the device an affordable and convenient option for pollution prevention.

Visit to learn more about the Trash Trout Project or make a tax-deductible donation to help maintain its success!