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Aquatic Research Lab conducting river-wide E. coli survey

Posted: August 27th, 2010

CONTACT: John Shibley, e-mail, 906-635-2314; Tom Pink, e-mail, 635-2315; Prof. Geoff Steinhart, e-mail, 635-2093.




IN AMONG THE SCRAP – Lake Superior State University fisheries student Doug Galvas maneuvers so Aquatic Research Laboratory worker Nick Steimel can dip a sample from in front of a marine salvage yard on Aug. 10. The LSSU ARL and the LSSU Environmental Analysis Lab have been under contract since June to collect and analyze water samples for E. coli bacteria from 14 "transects" along the St. Mary's River, between the river's upper reaches in Sault Ste. Marie, to DeTour, Mich., where the river empties into Lake Huron. Faculty-student teams also sample eight tributaries that drain into the river. The survey, funded by the US Environmental Protection Agency, runs through early October and expects to collect more than 3,000 water samples. The Aquatic Research Lab has hired four employees to work on the effort. (LSSU/John Shibley)

A print-resolution photo is here.




SHALLOW SAMPLING – Lake Superior State University fisheries student Doug Galvas prepares to take a sample from a precise spot as LSSU Aquatic Research Laboratory worker Nick Steimel, foreground, notes conditions from behind the wheel of an ARL boat on Aug. 10. LSSU's ARL and Environmental Analysis Lab have been under a $200,000 contract since June to collect and analyze water samples for E. coli bacteria from 14 "transects" along the St. Mary's River, between the river's upper reaches in Sault Ste. Marie, to DeTour, Mich., where the river empties into Lake Huron. Faculty-student teams also sample eight tributaries that drain into the river. The survey, funded by the US Environmental Protection Agency, runs through early October and expects to collect more than 3,000 water samples. Galvas is a junior in fisheries and wildlife management from Mayville, Mich. Steimel, from Suttons Bay, Mich., graduated last May and now works on this study through the ARL. (LSSU/John Shibley)

A print-resolution photo is here.



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