The marine debris found in the NOAA Marine Debris Program’s Mid-Atlantic region, which includes New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Washington D.C., and Virginia, is often tied to the Chesapeake Bay. This important body of water is enjoyed by many people who come to visit or live close by in one of the many urbanized areas on the bay, including Washington D.C. and Baltimore. Unfortunately, lots of people often mean lots of marine debris. The NOAA Marine Debris Program works to fight debris in the Chesapeake Bay and other waterways by focusing on prevention, removal, and research. This year, there are lots of exciting things happening in the Mid-Atlantic region to continue our fight against marine debris!
One such project is located in Baltimore, Maryland, where the NOAA Marine Debris Program is teaming up with the National Aquarium to clean up and prevent marine debris. This project is working to create a network of neighborhood leaders to initiate and lead marine debris prevention efforts in their communities, with the aim of creating lasting behavior change that will help to prevent trash from becoming marine debris in the first place. Focusing on a highly urbanized area with a big marine debris problem, the National Aquarium is working with local communities to create a prevention program, as well as holding workshops and communication training sessions with community volunteers to help people spread the word to their neighbors! In addition to these prevention efforts, the project is also running cleanup events that will help to eliminate some of the debris that has already accumulated in the area.
For more information on this project, visit the project profile page on our website.