Marine Debris Program Participates in EPA Watershed Academy Webinar
May 3, 2021 ─ On April 21, Nancy Wallace, director of the NOAA Marine Debris Program, participated in a webinar, “Addressing and Managing Plastic Pollution,” hosted by the EPA Watershed Academy.
The webinar was attended by more than 900 people. Nancy joined speakers from the EPA Trash Free Waters Program, The Pew Charitable Trusts, and Beyond Plastics to provide a broad introduction to the issue of plastic pollution and its resulting impacts. The panelists discussed the findings from Pew’s “Breaking the Plastic Wave” report and the need for systemic change, as well as solutions and initiatives that can be implemented to combat this urgent issue.
Nancy shared information on the activities of the NOAA Marine Debris Program, including updates on the North America Marine Debris Prevention and Removal Notice of Funding Opportunity and implementation of the Save Our Seas 2.0 Act, which was signed into law on December 18, 2020. Nancy also provided an overview of the Interagency Marine Debris Coordinating Committee and how it works to strengthen coordination of marine debris activities among federal agencies.
For more information, please contact Nancy.Wallace@noaa.gov.