Microplastics workshop at Patonga
The Community Environment Network will run a microplastics workshop at Patonga Beach from 11am to 1pm on Thursday, June 17, as part of the Central Coast Waterwatch program.
The aim of the workshop is to explore the "potential microplastics problem which may follow on post-flood debris clean-up", said organiser Ms Meg Rice.
"It's hard to solve a problem you can't see."
While the beach looked clean, "it will be interesting to see if there's any microplastics hidden in the sand", she said.
"We'll be using the Ausmap protocol."
Ms Rice said residents were invited to become a citizen scientist for a day.
"Collect data which will be used by scientists to help map and combat the microplastics problem.
"Learn how this hidden problem affects you and the environment.
"Learn how you can make a difference and help protect our waterways."
The workshop is free and includes lunch, but booking are essential and may be made at www.cen.org.au/events, on 4349 4491 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Participants are asked to wear appropriate clothing, covered footwear and a hat, to bring a bottle of water and meet at Patonga Wharf.
Gloves will be provided.
Media release, 11 Jun 2021
Meg Rice, CEN