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Improved Understanding and Forecasting of Viral and Bacterial Sources and Transport in the Great Lakes

Recent concerns about excessive algal growth and "muck" in the   Saginaw Bay area as well as the presence of fecal signatures and the   potential human health concerns call for an in-depth scientific   investigation of the complex set of processes that result in   eutrophication and the algae and muck-related issues in Saginaw Bay.   The muck is decomposing mats of algae that have detached from the   bottom of the bay and have been washed to shore by wind and water   circulation patterns. No standard exists for "muck" but in the   future, in order to address the need for such a standard, more   sampling for characterization is needed. A comprehensive   environmental sampling plan should be developed to better   characterize sources, potential health risks and management   strategies. There are very limited data on the fecal signature of   the muck. While the beach water quality continues to be monitored   for E. coli according to the requirements of the State, this   information does not always address the source of the contamination   or define the risk under unique exposure scenarios. This includes   exposure to the muck itself or the sand, or shallow waters.     This project proposes to focus efforts on the Saginaw Bay issues   including algae, muck, and benthic grazers such as zebra mussels,   using a combination of field sampling, modeling and quantitative   risk assessment.    (eutrophication); (algal bloom); (algal blooms); (E. coli);   (Escherichia coli); (beach closure); (beach closures); (beach   closing); (beach closings); (AIS); (aquatic invasive species);   (ANS); (aquatic nuisance species); (zebra mussel); (zebra mussels);   (Dreissena polymorpha); (microbial source tracking); (MST);   (bacterial source tracking); (BST); (human health)

Status
In progress
Type
Project
Start Date
End Date
Researchers
Phanikumar ManthaResearcher
Associated with 1 projects
Joan B. RosePrincipal Investigator
Associated with 3 projects
Agencies
NOAA: OHH $ 80,001.00USDEstimates

Funding 3 projects for a total of $600,270.00
Scope of Study
Field Investigation
Scale of Phenomena
Biochemical
Landscape
Physical/Chemical
Impact of Pollutants
Exotic Species
Nutrients, Including Phosphorus
Land Use and Habitat
Shoreline
Lake Basin Connecting Channels
Lake Huron
State Province
Michigan
Region Being Monitored
Near and OpenShore Waters
Nearshore Terrestrial
Resource Being Monitored
Emission / Release / Discharge / Waste Management
Human Health
Plankton / Microorganisms
Societal/Surface Water
Suspended Sediments
Beneficial Use Impairment Assessments
Beach Closings
Eutrophication or Undesirable Algae
Control And Mitigation
Chemical Measures
Ecosystem Effects
Habitat (physical / chemical)
Annex Numbers
Remedial Action Plans and Lakewide Management Plans
Research & Development
Annex 17
Impact of water quality and AIS on fish and wildlife populations and habitats
General
Monitoring
Annex
  • Annex Numbers
    Annex Numbers
    Remedial Action Plans and Lakewide Management Plans
    Research & Development
  • Annex 17
    Annex 17
    Impact of water quality and AIS on fish and wildlife populations and habitats

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