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Developing and Implementing Predictive Models for Estimating Recreational Water Quality at Great Lakes Beaches in new York State

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Start Date
2013
End Date
2015

Summary

Description of Work Predictive models have been used at beaches to improve the timeliness and accuracy of recreational water-quality assessments over the most common current approach to water-quality monitoring, which relies on culturing fecal-indicator bacteria such as Escherichia coli (E. coli.)

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“Study Location 04216070 Niagara River at Fort Erie, NY”
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“Study Location 04219501 Niagara River at Lewiston, NY”
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Purpose

Research by USGS scientists has been instrumental in providing beach managers with the tools to make beach closure and advisory decisions. The USGS is also compiling data on recreational water quality in comprehensive databases and geographic information systems (GIS); enabling the technology transfer of rapid analytical methods to beach managers; and applying new field and laboratory methods for pathogens, indicators, and Microbial Source Tracking (MST) markers.

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Study Location 04216070	Niagara River at Fort Erie, NY
Study Location 04216070 Niagara River at Fort Erie, NY

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  • Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

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