6/3/14

Sea Grant programs collaborate on Great Lakes marine debris plan

Sea Grant programs from many of the Great Lakes states collaborated with researchers and NOAA on developing a new, first-of-its-kind action plan to address land-based marine debris. 

"The action plan provides scientists, governments, stakeholders, and decision makers a road map for strategic progress to see that the Great Lakes, its coasts, people, and wildlife are free from the impacts of marine debris. It centers around a mission to combat debris through an increased understanding of the problem, preventative actions, reductions in impacts, education and outreach, and collaborative efforts from diverse groups.

Marine debris is more commonly thought of as an ocean problem, but the Great Lakes region, with its complex system of habitats, wetlands, rivers, and tributaries, is also affected. This plan focuses on debris generated on land, which is often blown, swept, or washed out into the lakes. It comes from littering, dumping in rivers and streams, storm water discharges, poor waste management practices, and industrial losses during production, transportation, and processing."
Follow the link above for the complete story, and read the entire action plan on the NOAA Marine Debris website.

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