Leland Library hosts microplastics presentation

From staff reports

On Tuesday, Sept. 19, at 1pm, the Leland Township Public Library will host Heather Smith, waterkeeper at the Watershed Center Grand Traverse Bay, for a program called “Microplastics in the Great Lakes.”

Plastic is the most prevalent type of marine debris found in our oceans and Great Lakes. Plastic debris can come in all shapes and sizes, but those that are less than five millimeters in length (or about the size of a sesame seed) are called “microplastics.”

Microplastics are an emerging concern in waterways worldwide. While plastic pollution is well publicized in oceans, much less is attention is given to plastic pollution in the Great Lakes. Smith will discuss the fate of plastics in our water, the threat they pose to humans and wildlife, and ways in which we can all be part of the plastic pollution solution.

The program will be held in the Munnecke Room at the Leland Township Public Library. Registration is not required. For more information, 256-9152 (Library) or lelandlibrary.org.