Loads of Litter

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Loads of litter in the lakes… On this CurrentCast.

Water bottles, plastic bags, and straws tossed on the sidewalks of lakeshore cities may be headed on a long, wet journey.

Hoffman: “For coastal communities, somewhere between 15 and 40 percent of that mismanaged waste will end up in the water system.”

In one year alone, the plastic that enters lake Michigan could fill a hundred Olympic size swimming pools.

Plastic can be deadly to birds, turtles and fish, so keeping litter off the streets is not just an aesthetic issue. Clean streets are good for aquatic systems, too.

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Interesting Links and Projects

1. GBF Project: mitigating microfiber plastic pollution. Learn more
2. Contact Lenses - a source of microplastics in water Learn more
3. Where does plastic go in the Great Lakes? Learn more