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A litter capture barrier for waterways

Project Galada is an adaptable litter capture barrier designed to trap and contain floating litter. The increasing pollution in Melbourne’s water environments is drastically effecting the health and quality of its water.

Inspired by bike chains the modular pods link together and incorporate cylindrical planter pots that provide a buoyant eco-system for endemic aquatic plants to provide bio-filtration for the Yarra River. Capturing and collecting litter accumulating on water surfaces will help preserve and improve the health, biodiversity and quality of Melbourne’s waterways for the future.

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Rowan Turnham
Project Galada
2015

Root stocks from the endemic aquatic sedges and rushes keep temperatures low, increase oxygen levels, reduce risk of algal blooms and soak up excess nutrients like phosphorus and nitrogen which are then converted to growth.

Rowan Turnham

The square toothed Connector link allows an angle to be chosen providing the direction for the next link. The barrier can be constructed to suit its surroundings.

Rowan Turnham
Rowan Turnham

The barrier can be constructed to follow the natural shape of the river bank. It is situated to the side of the river allowing river traffic to still pass by.

Rowan Turnham

The floating litter is caught and contained. On a regular basis Parks Victoria check existing traps and extract the litter.

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