Are you a student or teacher with a passion for art, our ocean, and Great Lakes? Then break out your art supplies because we need YOUR help to raise awareness about marine debris! This year’s NOAA Marine Debris Program Art Contest is officially open.
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.
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.