By Adventure Scientists Staff
This weekend Adventure Scientists kicked off the second year of our Gallatin Microplastics Initiative, enlisting the help of 60+ volunteer Adventurers to gather water samples at 78 sites along the Gallatin River Watershed. Those samples will be tested for the presence of microplastics and, along with last year’s data, continue the most comprehensive study of freshwater microplastic pollution ever organized.
Each volunteer team was assigned two to four sites along tributaries or the main stem Gallatin River. After a group training session, Adventure Scientists staff members helped each team navigate to their sites and collect their first samples. The volunteer teams will return to their sites to collect additional samples in December, March and June in order to obtain a complete data set for the watershed that captures the impacts of seasonal river levels.
This year’s adventure crew includes hikers, runners, skiers, boaters and fly fishing fanatics that want to do what they can to help protect the Gallatin River. We were delighted to see several volunteer teams returning from last year to participate in the second year of the program. Whether returning or not, we truly appreciate their hard work. Adventure Scientists operates on the passion and radness of our volunteers, and we’re always stoked to see them out in the field having adventures while gathering scientific data.
Stay tuned for updates on our Gallatin Microplastic Initiative throughout the year as our Adventure Scientists document their adventures in the field.
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