Plastic Waters and Panel Discussion August 26th 7-9 PM

Plastic water announcement slide with panel discussion

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The “Plastic Waters” Exhibit will be culminating in a panel discussion focusing on plastic pollution and the Great Lakes. The exhibit continues to be open until August 26th.

Nate Drag, Watershed Project Coordinator for The Alliance for the Great Lakes reports:

On Tuesday, August 26th at 7:00 pm , the Alliance for the Great Lakes will host a panel discussion focusing on plastic pollution and the Great Lakes at the Lake Erie Seaway Trail Center at 4968 Lake Shore Rd, Hamburg, NY in conjunction with the “Plastic Waters: From the Great Lakes to the Oceans” exhibit.

The panel discussion will address the impacts of plastic debris found in the Great Lakes and potential solutions to this problem.

Speakers will include:
Dr. Sherri Mason, Professor of Chemistry and Environmental Sciences Program Coordinator at the State University of New York at Fredonia, whose ground-breaking research initially brought attention to the issue of micro-plastics in the lakes.

Brian Smith, Associate Executive Director of Citizens Campaign for the Environment, has been actively in engaged in the proposed legislation to protect New York’s Great Lakes’ waters from plastic microbeads found in personal care products.

Helen Domske, Education Coordinator with New York State SeaGrant, has worked to educate communities across New York on Great Lakes issues, including plastic pollution and marine debris.

In addition to the panel discussion, Tuesday evening’s events will provide an opportunity to explore the Plastic Waters exhibit. Combining art and science, Plastic Waters is a unique and sometimes surprising display that tells the story of our plastic-filled waters. The collection, compiled by the Alliance for the Great Lakes and the 5 Gyres Institute, consists of artifacts gathered from sailing expeditions around the world to research plastic pollution. An ocean-crossing raft made from plastic bottles, a 500-pound mass of tangled fishing nets and line, and a 35-pound mass of plastic bags pulled from the stomach of a camel are among the items travelling with the exhibit.

Additionally, the exhibit tells the story of the thousands of volunteers who participate each year in the Alliance’s Adopt-a-BeachTM program to remove trash — much of it plastic — from shorelines around the lakes.

The exhibit will be on display from Aug. 2 through August 26th  from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

For more information about the Alliance for the Great Lakes and the panel discussion:

Contact Nate Drag,, 716-261-9393.

For more information about the Lake Erie Seaway Trail Center, contact Lyn Braun,, 716-646-6684.

Thanks again to our sponsors:

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Plastic Waters” Exhibit Opening Night

Plastic water announcement slide


Opening Night Success for “Plastic Waters” Exhibit!!!

It was a great first night for the opening of the exhibit “Plastic Waters”. Guests enjoyed the exhibit, informative video of the exhibit and the impact of plastic pollution in our waters, the visitor and environmental education center, our public access Lake Erie beach and waterfront,  a smoldering sunset, telescopic views of the moon and sun, and a live projection of the moon. The exhibit officially runs until August 26th.

Interested in Volunteering for a shift during the exhibit? Contact Denise at

Thanks to Nate Drag of the Alliance for the Great Lakes for arranging for the exhibit to be here as well as fielding all the questions from our visitors last night. Thanks to 5 Gyres as well!!

A BIG THANK YOU to all who volunteered as well and to our sponsors Clearcove Systems, Servpro of the Southtowns and Lake Shore Chiropractic Center.   Here’s some photos from last night’s opening night


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