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Pinpointing Sources of Bacteria that Contribute to Beach Closures

Lake Superior beach closures have been causing concern since the   Minnesota Pollution Control Agency's Lake Superior Beach Monitoring   program began in 2  3. This project builds on previous Sea Grant   research by increasing the size and scope of a DNA fingerprint   database for E. (Escherichia) coli, which may be causing the water   quality problems. Researchers plan to collect E. coli from the   Duluth-Superior Harbor during spring, summer, and fall. By   conducting genetic fingerprinting analyses on the E. coli samples,   they hope to gain a better understanding of beach contamination   sources and seasonal variations. They will compare contamination   sources between open water, nearshore sediments, and effluent from   the Western Lake Superior Sanitary District to identify similarities   in contamination patterns. Results will contribute to public policy   decisions.    (beach closure); (beach closures); (beach closings); (beach closing);   (E. coli); (Escherichia coli)

Status
In progress
Type
Project
Start Date
End Date
Researchers
Randall HicksPrincipal Investigator
Associated with 6 projects
Michael SadowskyResearcher
Associated with 6 projects
Agencies
Minnesota Sea Grant College Program $ 98,000.00USDEstimates

Funding 30 projects for a total of $2,568,917.00
Scope of Study
Field Investigation
Laboratory Investigation
Scale of Phenomena
Community
Ecosystem
Landscape
Land Use and Habitat
Shoreline
Uplands
Lake Basin Connecting Channels
Lake Superior
State Province
Minnesota
Purpose of Project
Resource Management
Region Being Monitored
Near and OpenShore Waters
Beneficial Use Impairment Assessments
Beach Closings
Annex Numbers
Research & Development
Surveillance and Monitoring
Annex 17
Control technologies for treatment of municipal and industrial effluents/emissions
Physical and transformational processes affecting delivery of pollutants
General
Monitoring
Annex
  • Annex Numbers
    Annex Numbers
    Research & Development
    Surveillance and Monitoring
  • Annex 17
    Annex 17
    Control technologies for treatment of municipal and industrial effluents/emissions
    Physical and transformational processes affecting delivery of pollutants

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