Quinnipiac River Fund Grant to Study Microplastics
A recent Quinnipiac River Fund grant supports research that may lead to solutions for removing microplastics from waterways.
|Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU) Professor Vince Preslin samples the discharge from a wastewater treatment plant.. Photo Courtesy of SCSU|
Microplastics from synthetic fibers, cosmetic products and other sources are considered an emerging contamination threat to coastal ecosystems.
Despite bans at the state and national levels (including the "Microbead-Free Waters Act of 2015"), little is known about the effectiveness of the legislation.
A recent Quinnipiac River Fund grant supports the research of Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU) Professor Vince Breslin and his research team at SCSU's Werth Center for Coastal and Marine Studies. Breslin will conduct a one-year study of variations in the quantity and composition of microplastic particles from two local wastewater treatment facilities — potentially leading to solutions for removing microplastics from waterways.