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Council Suggests: July 28 Brown Bag Seminar at SWRCB – Microplastic Contamination in San Francisco Bay

Thursday, July 28, 2016

12:00 – 12:30 p.m.


Cal EPA Building
Training 2 East/West, 2nd Floor
1001 I Street, Sacramento, CA 95814


Rebecca Sutton, Ph.D., Senior Scientist, San Francisco Estuary Institute (SFEI)


The Council thought you might be interested in a Brown Bag seminar sponsored by the State Water Resources Control Board.


Dr. Rebecca Sutton will discuss how microplastic, tiny particles of plastic smaller than 5 mm, are contaminants of emerging concern in aquatic environments around the world. Beauty products with microbeads, synthetic clothing, plastic bags, polystyrene foam packaging, and disposable plastic items can all contribute to microplastic pollution.


In 2015, the Regional Monitoring Program for Water Quality in the San Francisco Bay detected microplastic particles in the Bay. The resulting study also indicated that a portion of these tiny particles were able to pass through Bay Area wastewater treatment plants, even those using the most advanced technologies.


Dr. Sutton will elaborate on how the Regional Monitoring Program is now developing a monitoring and science strategy to address microplastic in the San Francisco Bay. Her seminar will be held at the Cal EPA Building in Sacramento.


To view the informational flyer, please click here.


To join online for free, please click here.





Coequal goals

The Delta Stewardship Council was created in legislation to achieve the state mandated coequal goals for the Delta. "'Coequal goals' means the two goals of providing a more reliable water supply for California and protecting, restoring, and enhancing the Delta ecosystem. The coequal goals shall be achieved in a manner that protects and enhances the unique cultural, recreational, natural resource, and agricultural values of the Delta as an evolving place." (CA Water Code §85054)