Tag Archives: Bacteria

Beach Monitoring Pilot Provides Bacteria Results in Just Hours

This summer the Chicago Park District is piloting a new program to rapidly detect bacterial contamination at five of the city’s beaches. The pilot program will cover Calumet, Rainbow, South Shore, 63rd Street, and Montrose beaches. Through a partnership with the University of Illinois at Chicago, the parks department will know whether beaches are safe […]

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EPA Releases Guidance on Microbial Risk Assessment and Recreational Water Quality Criteria

In mid-January, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that it published “Microbial Risk Assessment Tools, Methods, and Approaches for Water Media” to aid the development of robust and scientifically defensible risk assessments for waterborne pathogens. EPA’s document describes a human health risk assessment framework for microbial hazards in water media, such as pathogens in treated […]

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Defra Releases Bathing Water Quality Compliance Results

New figures published by the United Kingdom’s Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) on Nov. 6 show that 93% of England’s beaches and inland bathing waters met the minimum European water quality standard, which is based on Escherichia coli limits. However, only about 60% meet the more stringent standards, which are set to […]

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EWRI Releases Report on Pathogens in Urban Stormwater Systems

On Oct. 1, the American Society of Civil Engineers Environmental and Water Resources Institute released a new report entitled “Pathogens in Urban Stormwater Systems.” According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, elevated fecal indicator bacteria are the most common cause of water quality impairment in the U.S. Fecal indicator bacteria are used as a surrogate […]

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EPA Updates Beach Guidance, Launches New Beaches Website

On July 31, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published updated National Beach Guidance and Required Performance Criteria for Grants. To receive grants, the 38 states, territories, and tribes eligible under the Beaches Environmental Assessment and Coastal Health Act must meet the performance criteria established by EPA. According to EPA, the requirements will lead to […]

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Fungi Help Remove Bacteria from Stormwater

A recent article by Oregon Public Broadcasting returned this past research to the forefront. In 2012, the Fungi Perfecti Research Lab, founded by mycologist Paul Stamets received a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to test a concept called mycofiltration for removing bacteria from stormwater. Mycofiltration involves using fungi as biological filters. What most […]

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