Assessing Microplastic Pollution in Four Mile Run, an Urban Stream in Northern Virginia

Kurt Moser, Tessa Naughton-Rockwell, Louisa Wang, Ethan Litmans & Amanda Manoogian
Microplastics are pollutants of concern in waterways and oceans for their persistence and impact on aquatic life and food webs. This study demonstrates a low-cost land-based sampling method to assess the extent of microplastic pollution found in Four Mile Run, an urban stream in Northern Virginia. Microplastic particle counts in environmental and treated wastewater ranged from 0.01-0.24 particles L-1 (mean 0.08 particles L-1) and from 2 to 446 µg L-1 (mean 70 µg L-1), with...
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