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Addressing Sources of Beach Contamination Through Volunteer Action

While a great deal of attention is given to monitoring techniques   and standards for when swimming bans need to go into effect, far   less attention is given to identifying sources of beach closings and   eliminating those sources. Currently, the U.S. Environmental   Protection Agency (EPA) has developed a sanitary survey that helps   municipalities identify sources of pollution at individual beaches.   Source identification is unique to each beach and can have an   immediate impact in reducing harmful pathogens.    Within the Adopt-a-Beach program, 1,    Wisconsin volunteers now   clean up 26 beaches throughout the year. Using this survey the   Alliance for the Great Lakes will identify and communicate, on a   beach-by beach basis, how pathogens may be entering recreational   waters of the Wisconsin coastline. While the location of point   sources of pollution are often known, nonpoint pollution sources   that impact beaches often require additional work to locate and   identify.     Volunteers will use scientifically standardized forms that align   with current science on beach health and are endorsed by key beach   health experts. This information will be captured and communicated   in the Alliance for the Great Lakes' database. The Alliance will   work to align this database with other data collection and sharing   already done in Wisconsin (such as the Wisconsin DNR). Volunteers   will work with the Racine Health Department to pilot how their data   can be used to help achieve real-world solutions. This will lead   into phase two of the project, which will be to develop a toolkit   that identifies "solutions" or "action steps" that volunteers and   beach managers can take to eliminate sources of beach contamination.    (beach closures); (beach closure); (beach closings); (beach   closing); (MST); (microbial source tracking); (BST); (bacterial   source tracking); (pathogen); (pathogens); (Lake Michigan);   (Wisconsin); (human health)

Status
In progress
Type
Project
Start Date
End Date
Researchers
STEPHANIE SMITHPrincipal Investigator
Associated with 1 projects
Agencies
Wisconsin Coastal Management Program $ 50,017.00USDEstimates

Funding 5 projects for a total of $317,825.00
Scope of Study
Field Investigation
Laboratory Investigation
Scale of Phenomena
Landscape
Land Use and Habitat
Shoreline
Lake Basin Connecting Channels
Lake Michigan
State Province
Wisconsin

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