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Tennessee Riverkeeper Takes on a New Fight: Microplastics

National Geographic recently ran a piece titled “Alarming’ level of microplastics found in a major U.S. river.” The Tennessee River got a lot of publicity from that piece.  According to the research, the Tennessee River has 80 percent more microplastic than China’s Yangtze River. “The Tennessee River is already one of the South’s most polluted rivers, ...


Baja Waterkeepers tackle plastic pollution

There is an astounding amount of plastic in the world’s waterways. Every year, an estimated 5 to 14 tons flow into our oceans from coastal areas. Sunlight, wind, ocean current, and heat shred it into smaller pieces that look like food to marine life. It’s estimated that more than half the world’s sea turtles and ...


Belize Phasing Out Plastic Bags and Styrofoam Containers

By Arreini Palacio Morgan, Placencia Lagoon Waterkeeper Two hundred million plastic bags are imported annually by a country the size of New Hampshire, with a population of approximately 400,000 people. That is around 500 plastic bags per person — it’s UNBELIZEABLE! When they’re not piling up in landfills, plastic bags and expanded polystyrene foam (commonly ...


Report shows plastic pollution a threat to Texas Gulf Coast

By Diane Wilson, San Antonio Bay Estuarine Waterkeeper For years, San Antonio Bay Estuarine Waterkeeper has reported that a 2,500-acre petrochemical complex on the Texas Gulf Coast has been illegally discharging plastic pellets and powder into Lavaca Bay and nearby waterways. A new report shows that this plastic pollution is likely to harm the ecosystem. ...