'Trash Boom' Helps Keep Sioux City Pond Clean

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A "trash boom" has helped keep cans, plastic bottles and other trash from marring the pond at Sertoma Park in Sioux City.

The Sioux City Journal says the boom is part of a pilot project that's been in place for about two weeks. The trash normally spills out of a 64-inch-diameter pipe that carries stormwater away from area businesses and residences. The pond is a stormwater retention site. Its contents bleed into the Missouri River.

The yellow boom spans one end of the pond, and a mesh net extends from the floating boom to the pond's bottom and corrals the trash in one small area.
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