A few weeks ago I was down on the beach opposite the Post Office and south of the Hennepin Avenue Bridge and I noticed this blue barrel that was wedged in some tree debris. I was not going to try to bring it up. A few days later we had a pretty good storm.
The next day I noticed a blue barrel upstream on the north side of the Hennepin Avenue Bridge. I walked back to the Post Office beach where I saw the first barrel. Not there. Ok, it's the same barrel and the wind just moved it against the current. The power of wind and water.
No, I didn't swim out after it. It eventually made its way to the beach where other trash floated in as well. It's plastic so no wonder it floated upstream so easily.
I left it in the corner at First Bridge Beach. Days later when I looked for it people had started using it as a makeshift trash can. This just confirms my thoughts that we need more trash cans.