Until Nov. 10: Give Your Thoughts on Recommendations for Fighting Great Lakes Microplastics

November 02, 2016

By IJC staff Gordon Walker, chair of the IJC’s Canadian Section, recently waded into the issue of microplastics in the Great Lakes. These plastics can enter the lakes via wastewater, manufacturing processes and runoff. They include microbeads in cosmetics and larger pollution like straws and bags that break down into smaller particles. When microplastics enter the lakes they can be ingested by fish and potentially be passed on to us at dinnertime. “Plastic doesn’t belong in the Great Lakes,” Walker said during an interview on “Little plastic nasties” with the Business News Network (BNN). Gordon Walker on BNN microplastics microbeadsGordon Walker on BNN What do you think should be done? Here’s your chance to weigh in. The IJC is taking public comment until Nov. 10 on “Preliminary Recommendations on Microplastics in the Great Lakes.” The recommendations include a binational pollution prevention plan, monitoring and research, and education and outreach programs. Take a look and let us know your thoughts. Are the recommendations sound? Are any important considerations overlooked? Are there relevant examples from your community or business to consider? You can hear more about the issue in a radio interview with Walker by Radio Canada International, and read more about microplastics in our four-part series. Don’t forget to come back and comment.