Article courtesy of the Dyer Oxley | December 15th, 2016 | MyNorthwest.com Writer | Shared as educational material.
Researchers at New York’s Rochester Institute of Technology estimate that the total plastic annually entering the Great Lakes system is nearly 10,000 metric tons, or 22 million pounds. Lake Michigan suffers half the pollution because of high population areas and the fact that water cycles more slowly through its system. Tiny plastics, called “microplastics,” account for much of the pollution and make cleaning the lakes difficult. Studying how plastics enter and move through lake systems is important. Solutions to lake pollution will require interstate and international cooperation. Read more here.