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22 Million Pounds of Plastic Debris Enter the Great Lakes Each Year
A new study from researchers at the Rochester Institute of Technology says that nearly 22 million pounds of plastic debris are entering the Great Lakes from the U.S. and Canada each year.

Half of that plastic is going into Lake Michigan, followed by Lake Erie, Lake Ontario, Lake Huron and Lake Superior. The amount of plastic in Lake Michigan equates to 100 Olympic-sized swimming pools full of plastic bottles.

Unlike in ocean gyres, much of this debris is carried to shorelines by winds and currents. About 80% of the litter found on these lakeside beaches is comprised of plastic.


 
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Florida Struggles to Overcome Threats to Freshwater Springs - Silver Springs, just outside of Ocala, was once a beautiful clear artesian spring. Tourists flocked to the area, it was a backdrop for Hollywood movies, it made underwater photography famous. Now, a sharp drop-off in flows and a steady rise in algae are causing state officials to take notice of the dramatic increase in groundwater being pumped from the aquifer.


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