General Information Product 196



The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is working with Federal, State, and local partners to monitor and evaluate microplastics in our lakes, rivers, and coastal waters. Microplastics are very small pieces of plastic, some-times so small that they cannot be seen with the naked eye. The USGS is taking an active role in monitoring and assessing our natural resources in New York and throughout the Nation. To support microplastics research, the USGS has created two laboratories to identify the type and quantity of microplastic particles in water, air, sediment, and animal life. These results will help decisionmakers learn about the presence and potential bioavailability of microplastics in ecosystems and public water supplies.

Suggested Citation

U.S. Geological Survey, 2020, Microplastics: U.S. Geological Survey General Information Product 196, 2 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/gip196.

ISSN: 2332-354X (online)

ISSN: 2332-3531 (print)

Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Microplastics
Series title General Information Product
Series number 196
DOI 10.3133/gip196
Year Published 2020
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) New York Water Science Center
Description Postcard
Online Only (Y/N) N
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N
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