Nipigon Nurdles Issue Gains Traction

Every Tuesday, we focus on Superior Environment stories. This article is part of a month-long focus on microplastics and their impact. Join us on May 3rd, 7pm-9pm at the Lake Helen Community Hall for an information session and discussion on microplastics issue. Click here for meeting details.

Last week, Nipigon-area resident Chuck Hutterli spoke with the InfoSuperior Team about plastic ‘nurdle’ pellets washing up on the shores of his Lake Superior home. Hutterli had reached out to us in early 2016, hoping to bring attention to the issue. Backed by fellow members of a new Nipigon-based environmental group, he’ll be bringing it up as a major concern at the group’s first meeting on May 3rd.

Leading into the meeting, Hutterli’s issue has gained traction with local media outlets. CBC Superior Morning picked up the story and interviewed Hutterli about the nurdles issue this morning. Click here for his conversation with Superior Morning host Lisa Laco.

CBC Superior Morning also featured a web post online to accompany the interview. Click here to read more.

Hutterli’s story has also been picked up on social media. University of Wisconsin Sea Grant, Canadian Geographers, Eco Strategy, and Coastal Centre retweeted CBC’s story, bringing the issue to broader audiences lakewide.

To see InfoSuperior’s breaking news post about the nurdles, with accompanying video and pictures, click here.

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