Analysis of Total Coliform and Total Escherichia coli Levels in the Fox River Watershed

Authors

  • Janée Romesberg Judson University
  • Jeffrey O. Henderson Judson University

Keywords:

Fox River, Tyler Creek, coliform, Escherichia coli

Abstract

The Fox River is an important water source for the Elgin, IL community. Fecal contaminants must be removed by water treatment facilities to prevent the spread of infectious diseases and to provide potable water. Water samples from the Fox River watershed on or near Judson University campus were tested using the most probable number (MPN) method to determine coliform counts. Our data from this small independent project demonstrates that tap water is free of fecal contaminants and that the Fox River, its tributary Tyler Creek, and the Volkman Retention Pond often have levels of coliforms exceeding standards for recreational use.

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Author Biographies

Janée Romesberg, Judson University

B.A. Biology, '11

Judson University

Jeffrey O. Henderson, Judson University

Professor of Biology

Department of Science and Mathematics

 


Published

2018-06-18

How to Cite

Romesberg, J., & Henderson, J. O. (2018). Analysis of Total Coliform and Total Escherichia coli Levels in the Fox River Watershed. Journal of Student Research, 6(2), 66-70. Retrieved from https://www.jofsr.org/index.php/path/article/view/391

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Research Articles