"Up the creek"......without a paddle !
Obviously from the onset just travelling upstream on a visual inspection will start the investigation process, leading the direction for research. Reactive in a proactive way.
Qualified divers can access the water at any point to also understand what is happening beneath the water, visual inspection of the riverbed is as important as what is still floating.
Thanks to the latest innovations in “droning” river waste can be filmed and followed to source from the vessel, obviously many smaller rivers join the main rivers so aerial inspections up these veins can help with data capture. Under water drones will also be used to monitor the river and river bed. Results may lead to dive operation for further inspection.
Water sampling to find consistencies or in-consistencies, as the case may be, searching for harmful toxic waste that could affect or pollute the oceans
Waste “types” along with brand marked items, if we can establish any trends such as pop bottles, straws or food packaging etc, we can start to “understand” common waste problems in an effort to establish some recommendations for future waste processes or systems.
A massive amount of helpful data will be gathered, this will assist ORM in our plans for what might be exiting the rivers when we have our Project 10 Barriers system operations in place. We do not want to plan to have 100’s of tons of plastic to find out 1000’s of tons of wood may be turning up !
A hands on approach to first establish the magnitude of the problem with specific targets for capturing data for use when developing the river exit barriers systems to stem the flow of waste entering the oceans as reported.
The “Up the creek without a paddle” venture is a planned expedition to venture up each of these 10 rivers to assess the magnitude of the waste problem, prior to implementing the stemming operation.
1 week spent on each river travelling as close inland as possible to ascertain possible “up river” barrier assistance.
By this we mean, "why wait for all the waste to wash down and exit the river when some may be caught up stream more efficiently"
Research has showed 8 million tons of waste enters our oceans every year.
Further research found just 10 major rivers contributes 90% of this waste.
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