We've all heard about microbeads — invisible bits of plastic — in the water, but where are they?
On Aug. 20, 2016, you can take part in an international, multi-year water sampling project called eXXpedition to look for microplastics in Lake Simcoe and connecting rivers and waterways.
This is part of eXXpedition Great Lakes, the world's largest simultaneous sampling for microplastics in history.
Participation across the Lake Simcoe Watershed is being led by the new Lake Simcoe Association.
Everyone — men, women and children — is invited to gather samples using simple everyday equipment.
There are three main ways to take part:
1) Sail & Motor: Take your own boat or join a crew and sail or motor on Lake Simcoe or any of its connecting water bodies, while conducting a water sample for Adventurers & Scientists for Conservation. You can do this as part of a rally, club event or single sail or power boat.
2) Stand-up paddleboard, canoe or kayak — explore your shoreline or river and collect a water sample.
3) On foot: conduct a shoreline cleanup and wade into your lake/river/waterway to collect a water sample.
You can also combine these options — so you could collect a water sample from your kayak and also do a beach cleanup when you return to shore.You can do this on your own, or as a family, with your neighbourhood or as an activity for your club or organization.
Everyone who takes part should register individually. By registering for the event, you will receive an information pack with all the instructions you need to contribute to this on the day. These will be emailed to you early in June.
Whether you are taking part by sailboat, canoe, kayak, paddleboard, wading or a shoreline cleanup you will be contributing to the future protection and health of Lake Simcoe, the Great Lakes, and the planet!
REGISTER NOW BY CLICKING HERE!