ASC Needs Your Help Protecting the Gallatin River
Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation (ASC) is launching a project in the Gallatin Watershed to tackle microplastic pollution, and we need your help.
Starting this September, southwest Montana hikers and paddlers will have an opportunity to contribute to a comprehensive study of the Gallatin River and its tributaries. The Gallatin is home to some of the nation’s most pristine landscapes and its best river recreation. The river is a lifeblood for our local communities, but preliminary ASC samples show that it is threatened by microplastic pollution.
Microplastics are an emerging problem for waters near and far, and this is an opportunity to join a community leading worldwide change.
The Gallatin Microplastics Initiative is an extension of the ASC Worldwide Microplastics Project, in which we’ve found microplastic pollution nearly everywhere in the marine environment. This spring we expanded the research into freshwater ecosystems worldwide, following plastic particles upstream. The local initiative is a targeted attempt to further understand this issue.
To obtain a clear picture of the problem locally, we will begin by sampling four times between September 2015 and June 2016, with continuing efforts in the years to come.
|Once we’ve determined what types of plastic are in the Gallatin River and where they’re entering, we will work with our partners—among them local NGOs, businesses and government—to stop it.|
We will implement the data as a direct catalyst for change, using it to inform consumers and regulators, and to encourage corporate responsibility.
Bozeman, Big Sky and beyond: Let’s work together to keep the Gallatin clear! We can’t do this without you.
Learn more about the Gallatin Microplastics Initiative and apply to participate at www.adventurescience.org/gallatin-microplastics
The Gallatin Microplastics Initiative is supported by grants from Patagonia, the Yellowstone Club Community Foundation, the Geo Family Foundation and the Norcross Wildlife Foundation. Our local partners include the Gallatin River Task Force, Upper Missouri Waterkeeper, Gallatin Local Water Quality District and the Montana Water Center.