Our Annual Science to Policy Summit will address plastic pollution in the lower Columbia River. Plastics are an integral part of daily life. But too much of it ends up in our rivers, streams, and oceans, causing harm to wildlife and human health. Over time, plastics break down into toxic components and are ingested by many fish and other seafood, making their way up the food chain.
Food packaging plays a large part in our consumption of single-use plastics. Gather with the Estuary Partnership, representatives from the food service industry, scientists, and policymakers on Friday, June 21 as we discuss what we know, what is being done, and what we need to do to reduce single-use plastics.
Key questions we will explore include:
- What do we know about the scope of the problem along the lower Columbia River?
- How does plastic pollution, and especially microplastics, affect the ecology of the river and keystone species like salmon?
- What steps are restaurants, grocery stores, and municipalities taking to reduce their use of plastics?
- What impediments do they have to greater plastics reduction?
Stay tuned for our list of panel representatives and a link to register in the coming weeks!