USGS Investigators: Austin Baldwin
NPS Investigators: Don Hamilton , Theresa Thom
Start Year: 2017
NPS Park: Delaware Water Gap NRA , Lake Mead NRA , Upper Delaware SRR , Lower Delaware
USGS Center: Idaho Water Science Center
States: PA NV NY NJ
There is mounting evidence that microplastics present a significant threat to aquatic organisms. The National Park Service (NPS) Water Resources Division (WRD) considers microplastic pollution a priority issue, recognizing that the physical and chemical effects of sustained ingestion of microplastic particles may further stress aquatic organisms and birds within the parks.
This study will look at two NPS waterways: Lake Mead National Recreation Area and the Upper, Middle, and Lower Delaware National Wild and Scenic River. This includes a gradient of land uses, from relatively pristine to heavily urban with significant wastewater contributions.
Each park will be sampled to determine: