Surfriders work to keep plastics out of Puget Sound

Staff writerJanuary 8, 2014 

Julie Masura, a researcher working with University of Washington Tacoma and the Center for Urban Waters, will discuss issues related to plastic debris in Puget Sound.

The program Thursday will be part of a meeting of the South Sound chapter of the Surfrider Foundation, starting at 6:30 p.m. at King's Books, 218 St. Helens Ave., Tacoma. It is free and open to the public.

Masura has focused her studies on the sediments under the water, looking at the way that organic and plastics mix in locations around the Sound.

"It's the plastic that we can't see that is the most disconcerting, " Brice Boland, Washington chapter coordinator for the foundation said in a news release. "With as much as Puget Sound means to everyone who calls Western Washington home, keeping it free from pollution is something that we all should be able to get behind."

In an effort to keep plastic and other debris from the Sound, the chapter will host a cleanup at Owen Beach in Point Defiance Park from 10 a.m.-noon Jan. 18.

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