CAMBRIDGE — Scientists at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science’s Horn Point Laboratory are embarking on a research project that will lay the foundation for plastic research in the Chesapeake Bay. The two-year project, funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Marine Debris Program, begins in January and will track how microplastics move through the Choptank River watershed. The project studies the movement of microplastics throughout the waterway, providing researchers with information about what kind of plastics exist in the waterway and how they move through coastal systems, and especially through marshy wetlands.

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