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One of our samples from the trash trawl

Trawling Narragansett Bay

This week, Clean Water Action is trawling Narragansett Bay for microplastic pollution. As we have continued to push out more and more plastic products into our economy, we have seen a corresponding increase in marine debris and plastic pollution in our oceans. By reducing the amount of plastic that enters the waste stream, we can reduce the amount of plastic that ends up in our neighborhoods and waters.

With this trawl, we hope to show that plastic pollution isn't just an issue in the middle of the ocean, it's a problem right here in our own waters. We will use these findings to help build support for source reduction policies and strategies at the local and state levels here in Rhode Island.

So follow along on our adventure and be sure to share and retweet and ask us questions along the way!

Splash! The manta trawl is in the water and our #NarragansettBay #TrashTrawl for microplastics is underway!

Posted by Clean Water Action Rhode Island on Tuesday, July 18, 2017

The live feed from today's trawl! #TrashTrawl #NarragansettBay

Posted by Clean Water Action Rhode Island on Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Read and Nicole from Roger Williams University School of Law Marine Affairs Institute have joined us today and explain some of the cool work they are doing around marine debris. #NarragansettBay #TrashTrawl

Posted by Clean Water Action Rhode Island on Thursday, July 20, 2017