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Lake Tahoe is an important source of drinking water and is home to critical aquatic habitats. Unfortunately it is also full of microplastics. Read more about how Clean Up The Lake collaborated with scientists from the Desert Research Institute to collect and categorize samples of plastic litter from the lake so researchers could use spectroscopy to analyze what types of plastic litter are contributing to the microplastic problems in Lake Tahoe. This research identified six primary polymers contributing to the microplastic pollution which is an important conclusion that can inform policies designed to protect the lake.

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