Make a Difference Day

Posted Fri, 10/26/2018 - 10:55

Tomorrow is Make a Difference Day! Ocean litter is a big problem, but the good thing about it is we can all make a difference. A vast majority of marine debris in the global ocean is from land-based sources and activities, which means that we can stop it right here where we live. You can be part of the solution. Tomorrow, see what you can do to make a difference in the amount of trash entering the ocean and Great Lakes.

Is There Plastic Hiding in Your Leaves?

Posted Wed, 10/03/2018 - 16:08

It’s fall! For those of us in the temperate parts of the country, this means temperatures are getting cooler and the leaves are changing color. Those beautiful red, orange, and yellow leaves are also starting to fall, covering our yards and sidewalks. Some love crunching through the leaves. For others, it's a big chore to rake all of them up. No matter your view, you should be aware that those leaves can potentially transport debris.  


Trash Counts: The Newest Video in the Trash Talk Series

Posted Mon, 10/01/2018 - 15:34

You can learn all about monitoring in the latest video in our Trash Talk series, Trash Counts. It follows a group of high school students as they monitor the beaches in their community for marine debris. Their data, as well as data from other citizen scientists and classrooms all around the world, can help us figure out the most effective ways stop debris from entering the ocean and Great Lakes.  

Addressing Bi-National Marine Debris at the US / Mexico Border

Posted Fri, 09/28/2018 - 11:00
By Sherry Lippiatt, California Regional Coordinator for the NOAA Marine Debris Program

Happy Public Lands Day! To celebrate, we are highlighting the astounding success of a public lands project that has prevented thousands of tons of debris from entering the oceanIn the southwest corner of the continental United States, our partners at the Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve (TRNERR) and Southwest Wetlands Interpretive Association (SWIA) are leading bi-national efforts to reduce the impacts of marine debris in the Tijuana River Valley. Many factors make it hard to address marine debris in this region, but success has risen out of a strong community of partners on both sides of the border.