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Analysis of bacteria in the Lake Macatawa watershed

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Analysis of bacteria in the Lake Macatawa watershed

Project Mentor(s):

Best,Aaron; DeJongh,Matthew; Krueger,Brent; Peterson,Jonathan; Pikaart,Michael

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Project Description:

This interdisciplinary project will incorporate the disciplines of chemistry, biology, geology and environmental science, and computer science.

Appearance of fecal bacteria from human and livestock origin in ground water has local and global health implications. In the local Holland area watershed, high fecal bacterial counts, especially following heavy rainfall, regularly closes down swimming and other recreational use. Furthermore, although bacterial contamination is not problematic in drinking water locally thanks to municipal water treatment, it is a major cause of poor health, particularly in children, in many developing countries. Our laboratory is working to identify water-borne fecal bacterial in terms of species of host origin.

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