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April Showers Bring… Marine Debris

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Graphic of rain washing debris from a city to the sea.

April can bring more than just showers. Those rains can lead to an increased amount of marine debris. (Photo Credit: NOAA)

You’re likely familiar with the phrase “April showers bring May flowers.” April is often associated with rainy and wet weather, but unfortunately it doesn’t just bring flowers, it also brings marine debris. With rains and melting snow and ice, trash that has found its way to our streets, storm drains, shorelines, etc. is flushed out into our ocean, Great Lakes, and waterways. Some of this trash may have even been trapped within the snow for months before being swept away with melting runoff.

So what do we do about this springtime debris? We can work to pick up this trash before April showers have a chance to wash it into our nearby waters! If you haven’t already, subscribe to our e-newsletter, which lists cleanup events happening around the country each month. Earth Day is coming up, and with it, many cleanup opportunities (keep an eye on our blog for more soon)! If you can’t find a cleanup near you, start one yourself! Gather some friends and clean up your community (remember, safety first!). Most importantly, we can all help to prevent more debris from finding its way into our environment. Spread the word about this problem and remember the 3R’s (reduce, reuse, recycle!) every day!

Author: NOAA Marine Debris Program

The NOAA Marine Debris Program envisions the global ocean and its coasts, users, and inhabitants free from the impacts of marine debris. Our mission is to investigate and solve the problems that stem from marine debris, in order to protect and conserve our nation's marine environment, natural resources, industries, economy, and people.

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