Plastics pollution study will be conducted on Great Lakes

06/25/2012

While much talk and discussion centers on plastic waste in the Pacific gyre, a new study will be conducted this summer on the Great Lakes, including Lake Erie.

This study will assess for the first time the potential effect plastic pollution has on these bodies of water. It's expected to provide data regarding the levels of discarded plastics from trash to tiny particles found in the lakes, as well as examine their impact on food supplies, according to an article on Cleveland.com.

Lake Erie is widely reported as having a high concentration of plastic pollution especially because water from Huron, Michigan, and Superior flow into it. At the same time, some marine scientists have said since Lake Erie is shallow, water flows through it at a fast rate so pollution may actually be minimized.

The study is a joint venture between SUNY Fredonia and 5 Gyres, a research institute dedicated to the maritime study of plastic pollution. Lakes Erie, Huron and Michigan will be surveyed and measured....
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