*Event is postponed due to weather – organizers are planning on rescheduling but no dates have been set yet.
The community is invited to attend an event that highlights the problems that we face concerning plastic pollution. The event will feature a keynote presentation from Dr. Sherri Mason from SUNY Fredonia who has taken water samples from all five Great Lakes and 29 tributaries into the Lakes, including the Buffalo River, and has found microplastics across the basin. Dr. Mason will be talking about her recent research on the tributary study (more info at this website), followed by short presentations from other groups and individuals working on addressing plastics pollution:
- Nate Drag, from the Alliance for the Great Lakes, discussing the data we have analyzed from our Adopt-a-Beach program at WNY beaches and across the Great Lakes
- Bonnie Lawrence from the Erie County Dept. of Environment and Planning, discussing the counties research into the impact of plastic bag pollution
- Brian Smith from Citizens Campaign for the Environment, discussing the pros and cons of various solutions to plastic bag pollution (i.e.; bans, fees, etc.)
The Community Discussion on Plastic Pollution is being held in conjunction with the Western New York Environmental Alliance’s December Quarterly meeting. The WNYEA meeting will begin at 5:30pm and then the public is invited to join at 6:00pm for refreshments and the plastic pollution presentation and discussion beginning at 6:30pm. Here is the link for more info and registration details.
Join the discussion on plastic pollution in Western New York.
“We’re pretty excited to bring together a panel that can share lots of relevant data to our region in a new venue directly on the Buffalo River,” said Nate Drag. “As we’ll discuss, a lot of the debris that volunteers find at beach cleanups and that end up as microplastics in the water are things we all use on a regular basis, like bags, bottles, and other disposable plastic items. As we all go about our holiday shopping, it’s an important reminder to think on the full life cycle of things we use for only a short period of time.”
The event is sponsored by The Western New York Environmental Alliance, Alliance for the Great Lakes, Citizens Campaign for the Environment, Erie County Department of Environment and Planning, and others.
Community Forum on Plastic Pollution and Single-Use Bags
Wednesday, December 14, 2016; 6:00pm – 8:00pm (refreshments at 6:00pm; presentation from 6:30pm-8:00pm)
Tewksbury Lodge, 249 Ohio St, Buffalo, NY
Dr Sherri Mason, Professor of Chemistry, Chair, Dept. of Geology and Environmental Sciences, SUNY at Fredonia; Nate Drag, Water Program Manager, Alliance for the Great Lakes; Bonnie Lawrence, Deputy Commissioner, Erie County Department of Environment & Planning; Brian Smith, Associate Executive Director, Citizens Campaign for the Environment; Ryan McPherson, Chair, WNYEA