Billions of microplastic particles litter the shores and waters of Lake Superior. However, the ecological impact of microplastics on the flora and fauna of Lake Superior have not been fully realized. Microplastic saturation of our waterways affects us by suffocating our natural ecosystems and contaminating our food and water sources. Beyond monitoring, however, research relating to potential solutions remains limited. Our goal is to encourage continued research into the ecological impacts of microplastics in the Lake Superior ecosystem, while increasing awareness in the community about microplastic contamination. To accomplish our goal, we conducted an extensive literature review to examine the ecological implications of microplastic contamination on aquatic ecosystems. Through synthesis of primary sources, a baseline understanding of the issue in the region was determined, including potential solutions to be taken. Our team is working to develop this baseline to share with the community, as well as justify the continuance of solution-based research. Beyond the Lake Superior region, research on microplastics in freshwater systems can be broadly applied along with research on remediation efforts.

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Diana Lafferty

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