Breaking down the problem of microplastics in the Great Lakes

Read the full story from the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy.

Today’s MI Environment story by Sarah Lowe, of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Marine Debris Program, Lynker Technologies, is from the State of the Great Lakes report.

A big challenge to the health of the Great Lakes takes a tiny form: microplastics, pieces of plastic no larger than 5 mm in size, or about the size of a pencil eraser. They have been documented throughout the lakes, in oceans, and even in tap and bottled water, sea salt, and other products we eat and drink.

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