Upstream, Downstreamby: Amy Slack

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A water-quality investigation.

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  • on Mon May 26, 2014 11:28 PM

I enjoyed reading about the activity described in this article. The parameters collected are quite similar to those often collected in surface water studies, although the techniques likely are a bit different. I definitely appreciate the analysis portion of the activity. The main limitation is the lack of longitudinal data; most real studies would include baseline data. Another test frequently done is PCR analysis to determine the source of E. coli. Oftentimes it is difficult to assess the point source (it could be a processing plant, dairy farm, sewage treatment plant, or even pet droppings) and PCR may provide source clues. Perhaps there is a way to incorporate some of these new tools into the analysis.

Jennifer Rahn  (Delafield, WI)
Jennifer Rahn (Delafield, WI)

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