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Plastic pollution and local litter - Hope students only

Project Full Title:

Plastic pollution pathways: Limiting litter in local lakes - Hope students only

Project Mentor(s):

Bodenbender,Brian

Project Mentor(s) EMail:

bodenbender@hope.edu

Project Start Date:

5/24/2021

Project End Date:

7/16/2021

Project Description:

This project examines plastic litter in the Holland area, focusing on pathways that transport litter to Lake Macatawa and Lake Michigan. The project will include literature research and fieldwork to collect and characterize litter on roadsides, along waterways, and in or near storm drains. Activities may also include determining the rate of flux of roadside litter and installing equipment to capture litter within tributaries to Lake Macatawa. Goals for the project are to identify litter sources and modes of transport as a first step in reducing plastic pollution in local water bodies.

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