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Start Date

8-5-2020 11:40 AM

End Date

8-5-2020 12:00 PM

Document Type

Oral Presentation

Department

Environmental Science and Policy

Advisor

Terry Shehata, PhD

Keywords

water quality, public health, education, grant writing

Abstract

As a resident of Maine, it is concerning to know that there is a lack of knowledge of what is in the clean drinking water we are so proud of and blessed to have access to. It is imperative our freshwater be tested and that the public has access to the results, so that we may begin to understand the social science behind knowing exactly what we are ingesting, and what people will do with that information. For this grant, we propose that all 32,000 miles of rivers and streams as well as the 6,000 lakes and ponds in Maine undergo testing for microplastics and other potential biohazards that may reside in our waterways. There is a significant knowledge gap between marine and freshwater environments and in an effort to minimize the plastic pollution problem, the aim of this grant is to raise a profile on the issue of contaminated water.

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K-12 Environmental Education Program

As a resident of Maine, it is concerning to know that there is a lack of knowledge of what is in the clean drinking water we are so proud of and blessed to have access to. It is imperative our freshwater be tested and that the public has access to the results, so that we may begin to understand the social science behind knowing exactly what we are ingesting, and what people will do with that information. For this grant, we propose that all 32,000 miles of rivers and streams as well as the 6,000 lakes and ponds in Maine undergo testing for microplastics and other potential biohazards that may reside in our waterways. There is a significant knowledge gap between marine and freshwater environments and in an effort to minimize the plastic pollution problem, the aim of this grant is to raise a profile on the issue of contaminated water.

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