Category Archives: Plastic Pollution

Plastic Marine Debris – Wildlife Killer

EPA’s National Trash Free Waters Program  is described in this PDF (link)
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Troubled Waters Videos

 

 

Stormwater Contribution to Microplastics – 2 California Studies

We intuitively know that much of the plastic litter on our city streets will be carried by stormwater runoff to our creeks and rivers. We also know that macro plastic breaks down into microplastics (< 5 mm) and that researchers have found elevated levels in freshwater and marine waters across the globe.

Unfortunately there is little peer reviewed research into the direct link between stormwater runoff and microplastic levels in river and coastal bays.

Two California microplastic studies conducted by Algalita Marine Research Foundation (link) conducted in 2000 – 2001 demonstrate the role that stormwater runoff plays in Southern California coastal water and shows why we need aquatic microplastic research   in the Schuylkill – Delaware Basin.

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Trash and Microplastics in the Delaware Estuary

The DRBC’s Monitoring Advisory Coordinating Committee (MACC) and the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary held their annual joint meeting on Tuesday, March 8.

I presented this slide show at the meeting to encourage DRBC and the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary to begin to address plastic trash as a serious water quality challenge for the Delaware Estuary.

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The presentation pdf is here 

Plastic Litter = Water Pollution

History of Philadelphia’s Plastic Litter Battle

The Schuylkill Navy Rivers Stewards Committee held a Street Litter – River Trash workshop on 11/19/15 that included representatives from the with Philadelpha’s Streets-Water-Parks & Recreation Departments as well a number of other groups.

I presented a talk on the history of Philadelphia’s plastic litter. Here are links pdf and PowerPoint copies of my talk.

Plastic Bags – The Economists Video

The Plastic Age – Documentary

Removing Plastic Bottles from our Rivers – Living Lands & Water Video

Living Lands and Water has done hundreds of river cleanups across the USA. They find plastic bottles to be the most common river trash problem. This video shows LL&W in action.

 

 

Delaware River Cleanup – 32,832 pounds

Living Lands & Waters,  Philadelphia Water Department,  Partnership for Delaware Estuary and over 230 volunteers collected 16+ tons of trash along the Delaware in 20 cleanups from August 20 to September 2 (link)

Photo shows volunteers headin g out to one of the cleanup sites. Click the  image to see Flickr photos from the cleanups.

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Great job, thanks to all who participated and organized this effort.