Oct 3, 2019

Concurrent with a sold-out symposium on Oct 2nd, several media outlets, including the Mercury News, San Francisco Chronicle, and Los Angeles Times, have released the articles relating the alarming findings regarding the pervasive presence of microplastics in our surface waters. The issue of microplastics is global in nature. However, the advances in understanding the magnitude of the problem are happening regionally through partnerships with 5 Gyres, the University of Toronto Trash Team, and other notable leaders. Among the report's many remarkable insights, the discovery that stormwater is an outsized contributor of microplastic particles represents a major finding which will likely lead to further investigations, discussions, and policy actions.

We welcome you to learn more about the study, its findings, and its media coverage.
Other Contributors: 
Carolynn Box
Programs and Focus Areas: 
Clean Water Program
Bay Regional Monitoring Program