Tag Archives: plastic waste

Plastic in the Oceans – NBC News Video

Here’s NBC news report on recent study about plastic in our oceans (link)

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Here is the link to the original article. The lead author is  Marcus Eriksen, PhD, Director of Research for the 5 Gyres Institute.

This study is comparable to the work by the Sea Education Associations ocean plastic discussed here.

 

Plastic in Our Oceans – Anna Cummins, Co-Founder of 5 Gyres

See Anna Cummins talk about plastic trash in our oceans here or click video image.

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See entire video here:

Stormwater Trash Along the Delaware River Bank

We have a serious plastic stormwater trash problem that is hurting our local creeks, Schuylkill and Delaware Rivers as well as the Atlantic Ocean. This photo gallery shows my 10/13/14 trash survey along the West Deptford, NJ Delaware River bank. (PDF here)

PDF here.

Pennsylvania and New Jersey litter gets washed into local creeks during rain storms and makes its way down stream to the Delaware where it gets moved around by wind and tide. Some gets caught on W Deptford’s river shoreline.

Plastic Pollution Video – First Flush

Trash along Delaware River

Here is a link to an excellent 10/5/14 Courier-Post article on trash along the Delaware Riverfront  (link).

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Tidal Delaware River Stormwater Plastic Trash Survey

I have been surveying stormwater plastic trash along the banks of Philadelphia area creeks and rivers to assess the impact of Philadelphia’s street litter on our receiving waters. My overall survey plan is shown in this map:

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This post reports on photo surveys of site 4 (General Pulaski Park) and site 5 (Penn Treaty Park).

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General Pulaski Park,  with its very limited river front, has stormwater trash  in the southeast corner of the Park along the river front, as shown in this photo.

Photo by Kelly O'Day

Penn Treaty Park is a 9.7 acre waterfront park with nearly 1,100 feet of accessible river front that can be viewed during low tide.

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Stormwater Plastic in Tacony Creek Park

Slideshow showing how Philadelphia street litter makes its way to Tacony Creek Park and the Tacony Creek. Press icon at lower right to see slides full size.

Here’s a short video of the Litter Walk from Points A to B.

 

Tidal Schuylkill Banks Trash Assessment @ Bartram’s Garden

United By Blue is a wonderful local Philadelphia company that is working hard to cleanup creek – river trash. Bartram’s Garden, along the Schuylkill River, has been one of their  cleanup sites so I decided to check out the bank trash for myself.

I 1st visited Bartram’s  on 8/10 and made a repeat visit on 9/3. Here is a slide show of my bank trash findings along the Bartram’s Garden’s 3,000 foot stretch of tidal Schuylkill River bank.
(Click any slide to start show. Press x in upper left corner to return to post)

PDF available here.

Yes Philadelphia, in addition to the Tacony-Frankford Creek, we have a Schuylkill River trash problem. Plastic bottle-food wrappers-food container litter is being carried to the River by run-off during rain storms upstream of Philadelphia and in the City.

Our plastic trash is building up on our shore lines and in the N Atlantic gyre.

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Plastic street litter is a serious water pollution problem that we must through product controls, litter prevention, street cleaning and waterway cleanups. Right now we are losing the fight against marine debris.