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PLASTIC POLLUTION IN THE GREAT LAKES
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A penny provides scale for the size of micro plastics being found in the Great Lakes ‘Garbage Patch.’ Credit: 5Gyres.

From the Pacific Ocean garbage patch to litter at our local parks, plastic pollution is becoming an increasing problem facing the environment. As CSLs visiting your local waterways, I'm sure you have witnessed first hand the amount of plastics that end up in the environment and may be concerned about their impact on wildlife and humans.Join the Alliance for the Great Lakes for a webinar on Tuesday, April 29, at 12 noon Central Time to hear the latest information about plastic pollution in the Great Lakes and what can be done to prevent it.

The webinar will feature presentations from two researchers in the Great Lakes that are working on this important issue. Dr. Timothy Hoellein, Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology at Loyola University Chicago, will present an analysis of trash collected by Adopt-a-Beach™ volunteers at five beaches in four states. He’ll discuss what the data tells us about where litter comes from and how it can inform strategies to keep plastics and other trash out the Great Lakes.Dr. Sherri A. Mason, Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at SUNY Fredonia, will discuss the first-ever survey for plastic pollution within the open waters of the Great Lakes. She’ll present findings on tiny plastic particles in the lakes — including microbeads from personal care products — and explain how these “microplastics” may absorb toxins that threaten fish and other wildlife.

Here in Buffalo, New York and Chicago, Illinois, CSLs are gathering data on plastic pollution, other marine debris, and water quiality every time they visit the beach. This webinar will be a great example of how the data CSLs collect relates ground breaking research that will help us understand the challenges we face and create strategies to meet these challenges head on.

Click on this link to register today to get call-in information and reserve your spot. If you have any questions, feel free to send me a message or email me at ndrag@greatlakes.org.

 

Nate

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Hello Nate!

Thank you for informing us about this webinar! I hope many CSLs can attend and discuss what they learned.

- Omar