The next time you brush your teeth or wash your face you may be contributing to adding plastic into the Great Lakes. The New York Times is reporting that microplastics are now identified as a serious threat to the Great Lakes ecosystem. As of now there is no way to stop the plastic contamination from products with microplastics from entering the watershed.
The Great Lakes are now a Plastic Soup
In a recent study was conducted by the 5 Gyres Institute headed by Dr. Sherri Mason SUNY College at Fredonia New York. Water samples in July 2012 were taken in the Lakes Superior, Huron, Erie and Ontario and showed an average abundance was approximately 43,000 microplastic particles/km2. One sample taken downstream from two major cities in Lake Erie, contained over 466,000 particles/km2, greater than all other sample areas combined. Samples taken in Lake Huron just north of Port Austin, Michigan
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1098 – Christian Crusaders of the First Crusade seized Antioch, Turkey.
1539 – Hernando De Soto claimed Florida for Spain.
1621 – The Dutch West India Company received a charter for New Netherlands (now known as New York).
1784 – The U.S. Congress formally created the United States Army to replace the disbanded Continental Army. On June 14, 1775, the Second Continental Congress had created the Continental Army for purposes of common defense and this event is considered to be the birth of the United States Army.
1805 – A peace treaty between the U.S. and Tripoli was completed in the captain’s cabin on board the USS Constitution.
1851 – The New York Knickerbockers became the first baseball team to wear uniforms.
1856 – Cullen Whipple patented the screw machine.
1888 – “Casey at the Bat” the poem by Ernest Lawrence Thayer was first published.
1918 – The Finnish Parliament ratified its treaty with Germany.
1923 – In Italy, Benito Mussolini granted women the right to vote.
1932 – Lou Gehrig set a major league baseball record when he hit four consecutive home runs.
1937 – The Duke of Windsor, who had abdicated the British throne, married Wallis Warfield Simpson.
1938 – The German Reich voted to confiscate so-called “degenerate art.”
1952 – A rebellion by North Korean prisoners in the Koje prison camp in South Korea was put down by American troops.
1959 – The first class graduated from the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO.
1965 – Edward White became the first American astronaut to do a “space walk” when he left the Gemini 4 capsule.
1970 – Har Gobind Khorana and colleagues announced the first synthesis of a gene from chemical components.
1989 – Chinese army troops positioned themselves to began a sweep of Beijing to crush student-led pro-democracy demonstrations in Tiananmen Square.
1999 – Slobodan Milosevic’s government accepted an international peace plan concerning Kosovo. NATO announced that airstrikes would continue until 40,000 Serb forces were withdrawn from Kosovo.
1999 – Dennis Muren received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
2003 – Toys “R” Us, Inc. announced that it had signed a multi-year agreement with Albertson to become the exclusive toy provider for all of all of Albertson’s food and drug stores.