The oceans are filling with plastic and now it appears that plastic refuse is filling our Great Lakes as well, as written about in Treehugger.
Plastic is often thought of as an ocean contaminant, but it’s in our freshwater lakes, too.
Thirty years ago, you wouldn’t have wanted to eat fish from the Great Lakes, due to contamination by PCBs. These chemicals were allowed in North America up until the 1980s, at which point they were phased out, but their toxic and persistent effects were felt for a long time. Fortunately, efforts to clean up PCBs have brought levels down significantly, but now another environmental scourge is in the water. Plastic. Read More