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No Place in the World is Left Untouched by Plastic Pollution
Researchers are finding plastics everywhere they look, including the ocean, the Great Lakes, on out-of-the-way uninhabited islands and even trapped in remote Arctic Sea ice. trash skimmer marine

Beaches and waterways are littered with the discarded plastic products of human society: water bottles, cigarette lighters, cigarette butts, food containers and utensils, toothbrushes, straws and more. Studies show these items end up thousands of miles from the nearest civilization and that most of the worldwide plastics waste ultimately ends up in the ocean.

Plastic debris does not biodegrade, so it can remain for centuries and cause untold havoc in ecosystems. Whether in the ocean or the Great Lakes, the most worrisome marine plastic debris cannot easily be seen because it includes microplastic resin pellets used to manufacture plastic products, microbeads added to personal care products, and the breakdown of plastic bags, bottles and other products.


 
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Residents Unhappy with Chemical Treatment to Control Curly Leaf Pondweed - Birchwood residents pride themselves on being the “Bluegill Capital of the World”, but are worried that may change now that officials have begun using herbicides to treat curly leaf pondweed in Big Chetac Lake. The first application took place this spring and was supposed to be on a 90-acre test area, but the chemical drifted more than 1 ½ miles killing most of the vegetation in an 800-acre area of the lake.


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