In the fall of 2017, Puget Soundkeeper coordinated the collection of water samples from over 45 sites around Puget Sound as part of the International Coastal Cleanup. The purpose? To look for the presence of microplastics. Plastic does not biodegrade in the environment. Instead, it breaks down into smaller and smaller pieces that persist in the marine environment for centuries. Plastic particles smaller than 5 millimeters are known as microplastics and they have been found in water samples taken from nearly everywhere on earth.
Puget Soundkeeper seeks to document the extent of microplastic pollution in Puget Sound in order to inform future policy, technology solutions and restoration efforts that protect this ecologically and culturally important watershed.
Volunteers will aid in preparing and analyzing water samples. Age minimum is 18. All equipment and training is provided.
Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm
Location and Parking: Puget Soundkeeper Alliance (130 Nickerson Street Suite 107, Seattle WA 98109). The 31 and 32 bus lines run along Nickerson. Free parking is available on Cremona Street on the ship canal side of our building.
To attend: Space is limited and filled on a first come, first serve basis. Call 206-297-7002 or email Hillary (firstname.lastname@example.org) to reserve your spot(s).