News Releases from Region 02
EPA Announces Microplastics and Citizen Science Workshop
Detecting Microplastics in Waterways with Citizen Science Workshop; Tuesday, October 11 2016 at SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry School, Syracuse, New York
(New York, N.Y. – October 6, 2016) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and The State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry are co-sponsoring a Microplastics/Citizen Science workshop in Syracuse, New York on October 11, 2016 at SUNY ESF’s Gateway Center. At the “Detecting Microplastics in Waterways with Citizen Science” workshop, EPA experts and others will present research and information on sampling and analysis methods. The workshop will also include a discussion on how organizations involved with citizen science can assist in filling in research gaps. Workshop participants will be introduced to microplastics sampling techniques, and will then perform actual sampling to obtain tangible experience.
“Citizen science is an important, growing field that can provide invaluable environmental monitoring data on pollution problems, including plastic pollution in our waterways,” said Judith A. Enck, EPA Regional Administrator. "Residents are the eyes and ears of their communities. By supporting citizen scientists, the EPA is expanding its own scientific knowledge and building partnerships with communities that are working to reduce pollution.”
Aquatic plastic pollution, including microplastics, is an environmental concern increasing in magnitude each year. It is estimated that over eight million metric tons of plastic pollution enter the world’s oceans annually. By 2025, that amount is expected to more than double.
To RSVP, visit:
Detecting Microplastics in Waterways with Citizen Science
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
The Gateway Center
The State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry
1 Forestry Drive
Syracuse, New York 13210
Judith Enck, EPA Region 2 Regional Administrator
Abby Barrows, Adventure Scientists
Dr. Sherri Mason, The State University of New York at Fredonia
Margaret Murphy, AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow
Dr. Nick Anastas, U.S. EPA, Office of Research and Development
For more information on the EPA’s trash-free waters program, visit: https://www.epa.gov/trash-free-waters