what appeared to be pristine sand |herring gull string mouth | every year millions of | noticed myriad pieces of trash enmeshed in the sand |“Every beach has its own | 11 million pounds of plastic – | No glass containers | the most polluted of the Great Lakes | gull prints in frost
e. coli beach scare | 24,275 gallons of stormwater | from water intakes to shipwrecks | gobbled up phytoplankton |waterweed rings | 11 million pounds of plastic | crocs half buried | a mix of cobblestones | diving to collect samples | NO COMMERCIAL PHOTOGRAPHY
the state Environmental | cascade | abrasions that might happen internally in the lining of the guts | bottom-dwelling census | YOU ARE HERE | microplastics | starved gulls washed ashore | requires a fundamental transformation | ravine and pollutants | microplastics
doesn’t biodegrade, | do you think there are plastic bits in | green infrastructure | nigh heron shit wading | along the supply chain | ice cresting over | New Lighthouse Parking Lot | in the guts of many Lake Michigan fish | plovers do not | isn’t enough | zero-waste goal
glass sliver in a heron’s throat | COOLERS WELCOME | genetic biocontrol | “invasive mussels are also probably part of | can be treated as disposable,” | is not required to test for | Plastics are | green infrastructure | surgical mask | wooden cigarillo tips | a beautiful city
Briscoe, Tony. “22 Million Pounds of Plastics Enter the Great Lakes Each Year. Most of the Pollution Pours into Lake Michigan.” Chicago Tribune, September 4, 2019.
Clark, William. “Lake Michigan Plastic Pollution Poses Ecological and Social Threats.” The Daily Northwestern. January 27, 2021.
Greene, Morgan. “An Estimated 300 Trillion Invasive Mussels Blanket Lake Michigan. Eradication May Be Impossible, But Small-Scale Removal Efforts Could Be the Answer.” Chicago Tribune, August 1, 2021.
Monnin, Patrick. “The Scariest Monster in Lake Michigan is Plastic.” Loyola Phoenix. December 4, 2019.