Cigarette Butt Litter: ideas for science projects
Over the years, many students have written to Clean Virginia Waterways about their plans to do a science project that examines an aspect of cigarette litter. Here are some of the projects students have done:
Daphnia magna are a large species of Daphnia commonly used in aquatic effluent toxicity testing. D. magna eat only algae, and can be successfully cultured using powdered Spirulina as a food source. Be sure to keep your Daphnia cool, as they will die if their water becomes too warm (over 72° F). Warm water is the quickest way to lose all your animals.
Before you start, read about cigarette litter:
Students and Teachers:
Please send photos or reports from your project to Clean Virginia Waterways. We would be happy to add your project to this website.
Impacts of cigarette litter (Fires, ingestion by animals and children, cost of cleanup, toxins, etc.)
Q&A about cigarette litter
How can we prevent cigarette litter?
Click here for newspaper articles about how communities are trying to fight cigarette litter.
Read all about cigarette butt litter! Click here to read an article that was published in the August 2000 issue of the American Littoral Society journal, The Underwater Naturalist. This article, by CVW's Executive Director Kathleen M. Register, includes background data, such as the fact that 2.1 billion pounds of cigarette filters were discarded worldwide in 1998, along with results of her research showing that leached chemicals from cigarette filters are deadly to the water flea Daphnia magna, a small crustacean at the lower end of, but important to the aquatic food chain.
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