January 7, 2016 - 12:00am

Join the California Latino Legislative Caucus and Monterey Bay Aquarium for a science-policy briefing at the State Capitol Building.

Plastic pollution in California’s ocean, rivers and lakes impacts wildlife and habitats, as well as the health and economies of local communities. California has become a national leader in understanding and addressing this multi-faceted challenge, but there is still more we can do to prevent plastic pollution in our state and beyond. In addition, statewide polls show that plastic pollution is an important issue for constituencies across the state. At the briefing, expert panelists will present the latest science, economic information, and community-based efforts to help keep California at the forefront of driving effective solutions.

Expert panel insights include: 

  • Global scope of sources — Dr. Roland Geyer, Associate Professor, University of Santa Barbara
  • Microplastics in SF Bay — Dr. Rebecca Sutton, Senior Scientist, San Francisco Estuary Institute
  • Food web and human health — Dr. Eunha Hoh, Associate Professor, San Diego State University
  • Economics — Anna-Marie Cook, Marine Debris Program Coordinator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (Region 9)
  • Community action — Dr. Serge Dedina, Mayor of Imperial Beach, CA, Executive Director, WILDCOAST
Associated Staff: 
Programs and Focus Areas: 
Clean Water Program
Bay Regional Monitoring Program
Contaminants of Emerging Concern