Microplastics in the Great Lakes: An Emerging Water Quality Issue
August 15, 2023
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Microplastics in the Great Lakes is an emerging water quality issue that has a huge potential of impacting human health and the aquatic environment. It has been estimated that microplastics are consumed by the US population at a rate of 5 grams per week — the weight of a credit card. Microplastics are found in our food, water, air, and even beer along the Great Lakes. Fish are ingesting microplastics that cause them to starve and also allowing for microplastics to move up the food chain. Over 22 million pounds of plastic enter the Great Lakes every year, and Lake Michigan is the #1 source. Microplastics are an emerging water quality problem in the Great Lakes and affect our quality of life and threatens our state economy and our valuable water resources.
Join us as we host Art Hirsch to learn more about this emerging issue that is impacting our beloved Great Lakes. Art Hirsch is a former environmental engineering consultant with over 30 years of experience. He lives in Boulder, Colorado and spends his summers in the Ludington/Pentwater, Michigan area. He is originally from Michigan, and he received his Bachelor of Science degree from Michigan State University in Fisheries and Wildlife and a Master of Science degree from the University of Colorado in Environmental Engineering. His expertise is in the areas of water quality, stormwater management, microplastics and plastics, sustainability, climate change risk and environmental impact assessments. He has been an activist for over 5 years. In Michigan, he is currently working on microplastics pollution in the Great Lakes, in the areas of education and outreach, and federal and state legislation development.
During this event, Art Hirsch will discuss the microplastics types of sources, impacts, legislation, and local and regional mitigation actions. This presentation will inform us about microplastics impacts and what we can do to address this problem in the Great Lakes. The presentation will last 45 minutes and will be followed by a Q & A session.
We hope you can join us to learn more about this emerging issue, and what we can do to help.
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