Our quest to make life easier with disposable products isn’t so convenient when you consider that plastic pollution is circulating in the ocean, fouling beaches and even making it’s way into the food chain. When researchers sailed across the Great Lakes on the U.S. Brig Niagara last summer to document plastic pollution in freshwater, they expected to find plastic there, too. However the researchers, led by SUNY Fredonia chemistry professor and researcher Sherri Mason, were surprised to find that areas of Lake Erie have some of the highest plastic counts ever recorded. In fact, the highest levels of plastic concentrations they found were between Erie, PA and Dunkirk,N.Y., with more than 600,000 plastic pieces per square kilometer.

Issue Publication Date: 
Tuesday, May 7, 2013

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