Data That Drives Change
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Microplastics—plastic particles smaller than five millimeters in size—pose a significant environmental risk when they enter our waterways.
Pollutants including pesticides and manufacturing chemicals can adhere to microplastic particles and bioaccumulate in aquatic life. Microplastics have been shown to affect feeding behavior and predator avoidance, and can interact with other pollutants to affect cell function in fish. They’re also able to move from the digestive tract of organisms into the bloodstream.