Dam Plastics

Dam Plastics

by r_yli | updated November 01, 2019

From one dam in one river to no plastics in all rivers, our project empowers stakeholders to systematically monitor and control the flow of plastic.


We only have 8 days left.

What do we want to see happen? 

  • both toolkits?
  • physical toolkits?
  • database?

What is pragmatic for us? 

We learned that the most important thing for us is to focus on what best practices are out there and curating that information to produce a harmonized toolkit for both groups. Obviously, we would love to produce two physical toolkits. However, practically, we have decided on 3 levels of achievement:

  1. Basic level: A curated list of methodologies
  2. Satisfactory level: Detailed instruction booklet with methodologies and further action, toolkits in schematic format
  3. Ideal level: Detailed instruction booklets with physical toolkits (all needed materials)

November 1, 2019 at 4:23 AM
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We have progressed from benchmarking to focusing on methodologies used for monitoring plastics professionally and at citizen levels. 

Two interesting facts shared today:

  • Rech et al. 2015: Previous citizen science studies have found that volunteer and professional data have a strong correlation when done correctly, countering the myth that citizen science is unreliable
  • Watkins et al. 2019: "these results show that the sediment collecting behind dams is one sink for microslplastics for river systems at long time scales, indicating that accounting for dams may be important when monitoring global riverine micro plastic transport."

November 1, 2019 at 5:07 AM
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