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Great Lakes Ocean Research Priorities Plan - Ohio Water Science Center

Water recreation and associated tourism add billions of dollars to   the economy of the Great Lakes Region and provide numerous societal   benefits.  There are several problems, however, with the current   approach to establishing beach closures and advisories.  First,   current beach monitoring practices rely on methods for culturing   fecal-indicator bacteria that take 18-24 hours for results, too long   to provide information on current water-quality conditions.    Secondly, sources of fecal contamination in recreational waters are   often unknown and/or of nonpoint origins.  The relations between   coastal processes (sediment transport and storage, ground-  water/surface-water interactions, wave actions, seiches, etc.) and   bacteria concentrations have not been comprehensively studied in the   Great Lakes. Development of methods that discriminate between human   and animal nonpoint-source fecal contamination are needed to help   identify risks associated with contaminated recreational waters.    Finally, recreational waters are seldom monitored for pathogens,   which often have different transport and survival properties than   the fecal-indicator bacteria used to indicate their presence.    The goal of this project is to advance the science of monitoring and   assessing recreational water quality to provide beach managers with   reliable, science based information to make well-informed beach   closure decisions to protect public health.     (microbial source tracking); (MST); (bacterial source tracking);   (BST); (beach closings); (beach closing); (beach closures); (beach   closure)

Status
In progress
Type
Project
Start Date
End Date
Scope of Study
Field Investigation
Laboratory Investigation
Land Use and Habitat
Shoreline
Lake Basin Connecting Channels
Lake Erie
State Province
Ohio
Region Being Monitored
Near and OpenShore Waters
Nearshore Terrestrial
Resource Being Monitored
Groundwater
Human Health
Societal/Surface Water
Suspended Sediments
Beneficial Use Impairment Assessments
Beach Closings
Annex Numbers
Pollution from Contaminated Groundwater
Pollution from Non-Point Sources
Remedial Action Plans and Lakewide Management Plans
General
Monitoring
Annex
  • Annex Numbers
    Annex Numbers
    Pollution from Contaminated Groundwater
    Pollution from Non-Point Sources
    Remedial Action Plans and Lakewide Management Plans
  • Annex 17

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