How Much Plastic Are We Putting in the World's Lakes and Oceans? And How Can We Keep Some of it Out?

As many of you may know, plastic pollution in lakes, rivers, and oceans has become increasingly recognized as a significant environmental problem. From degrading the aesthetics and appearance of our favorite beaches and shorleine areas to threatening wildlife through plastic ingestion and entanglement, pieces of plastic, both large and small, do not belong in these environments. But just how much plastic is out there?

Help Rescue Lake Erie

Lake Erie is in danger. Communities along western Lake Erie are experiencing the worst algal blooms in a generation. Fueled by excess nutrients from farm runoff and sewage treatment plants, the toxic blooms are so large they can be seen clearly in satellite photos from outer space. These nutrients are the same nutrients that CSLs like you are testing for every time you collect Freshw

  • CSLs testing water behind sand dunes for warm
  • All bundled up at Woodlawn Beach
  • Harrold and Craig in action
  • Ed and Suneetha checking the test results
  • 2014 Spring Buffalo CSL at Woodlawn Beach

April 2014 Buffalo CSL Training Day - Action Shots

Despite 45 F temperatures and a still partial frozen Lake Erie, the 2014 Spring Buffalo CSLs had a great time in the sunshine at Woodlawn Beach in Blasdell, NY. Here's to a great season of data collection! 

Plastic Pollution in the Great Lakes

From the Pacific Ocean garbage patch to litter at our local parks, plastic pollution is becoming an increasing problem facing the environment.

  • Algae blooms in Lake Erie's Western Basin in 2011

Once Dead Lake Erie Back in Intensive Care for Phosphorus Problems?

Lake Erie is often held up as an example of a once ‘dead’ ecosystem being resurrected. Legislative action such as the Clean Water Act and the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement in the early 1970 addressed the causes of ‘death’ – huge algae blooms, oxygen deprived ‘dead zones’, and the devastating ecological results of these issues.  Massive growth of aquatic vegetation, known as algae blooms, are caused by the excessive amounts of nutrients entering the lake. Once these huge swaths of algae die, they use tremendous amounts of oxygen to decay.