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        WE'RE ADVANCING SCIENCE, PROTECTING ECOSYSTEMS & ENGAGING PEOPLE

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        Jun 21, 2019 - 10:00am
        Friday, June 21 ? 10am - 2pm ? Hilton Vancouver Washington
        Our Annual Science to Policy Summit will address plastic pollution in the lower Columbia River.?Plastics are an integral part of daily life. But too much of it ends up in our rivers, streams, and oceans, causing harm to wildlife and human health. Over time, plastics break down into toxic components and are ingested by many fish and other seafood, making their way up the food chain.?
        Changes in climate are shifting our approach to conservation.In 2016, we adopted voluntary targets for recovery of native habitat to meet an overall goal of historical habitat diversity and protection of biodiversity. These targets are aggressive, but they address recovering historical habitat. Yet we know now that climate change is fundamentally altering ecosystem processes and species ranges. We know we must adapt our methods.
        The Estuary Partnership is undertaking the first, large-scale effort to identify and map marine debris in the lower Columbia River from Bonneville Dam to the Pacific Ocean. We're tracking small to medium size marine debris (less than 35-feet) - things like tires, styrofoam blocks, small boats, machinery, and other material that may harm the river. We'll use this information to understand how big the problem is, and make a plan for how to clean it up.