Lake Champlain is the sixth-largest freshwater lake in the United States and while much of the focus in recent years has been on excessive nutrients seeping into the lake, there is growing concern over a new pollutant. Tiny pieces of plastic and synthetic fibers that come from everyday household products, even our clothes, are turning up in the lake. It may not sound like a big deal, but most of these fibers and particles are so small they can’t even be seen with the naked eye.
Scientists say these bits & pieces of pollution carry toxic chemicals that are being eaten by fish and moving up the food chain.
Congress has moved to ban some of these plastics, called microbeads, which are used in many health and beauty products. But will the ban only tackle part of the problem?