Plastic Lakes Project
Did you know that three million pounds of plastic debris ends up In Lake Ontario every year? That's enough plastic waste to fill 28 Olympic-sized swimming pools. Unlike ocean plastics that tend to circulate at the surface, lake plastics are often taken to shore by wind and currents. Of the litter that washes ashore, roughly 80% is plastic debris.
Lake Ontario is one of the largest bodies of freshwater in the world, and one of the five Great Lakes shared by the United States and Canada. It provides drinking water to over nine million people in Ontario, Canada and New York State. Lake Ontario is unique in that the other four Great Lakes flow through it on the way to the St. Lawrence River, eventually making it's way to the ocean at the Gulf of St. Lawrence. It is also a vital part of the region's ecology, providing important habitat to a myriad of fishes, birds, mammals, reptiles, and plants.