Defining Aquatic Litter and Debris
Aquatic litter and debris are any manufactured or processed solid waste that enters the aquatic environment from any source. In short, it is our misplaced waste and trash. It is a highly pervasive and visible form of pollution that has harmful impacts on wildlife and human health.
Aquatic ecosystemsstreams, rivers, wetlands, and estuariesare under considerable pressure from human activities, including incorrect disposal of trash. While the world's oceans are vast, they do not have an infinite ability to safely absorb our wastes. Preserving and restoring the quality of freshwater and marine environments requires that we understand how much trash we create, what we do with that trash, and how we can prevent it from entering our waterways.
About Litter and Debris:
Litter and Debris in our Waterways - Impacts, Sources and Solutions Page What Volunteers Found in Virginia's Waterways--Data from past International Coastal Cleanups Litter Prevention Page How Data from the ICC are used Impacts of aquatic debris The International Coastal Cleanup in Virginia Article about Aquatic Litter and Debris (written by CVW for school teachers and others) Solutions Cigarette Butt LitterA Special Problem Balloons as litterA Special Problem
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