Some 5 million people live in the watershed of the Tennessee River, according to a working report co-authored by Fath and Knoll, among others, compared to around 56 million people living in the Rhine’s watershed.

Despite an order of magnitude’s difference between the two populations, Fath found that microplastic levels in the Rhine amounted to just 200 particles per cubic meter, meaning that levels in the Tennessee River were some 80 times higher.

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Sad, but not surprising

The amount of trash along the side of country roads in Roane County is shocking. Running around here, I see lots of fast food containers, beverage containers (including a disturbing amount of beer and cheap liquor bottles coming from people in vehicles), packaging and plastic bags, not to forget the big stuff like tires and old televisions.

A lot of that is eventually going to find its way down to Watts Bar and the TN River.

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