Pennsylvania Water Science Center



Sampling bacteria in lake water

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Water Quality Studies

Highlights
Water Quality
— Groundwater flow and contaminant transport in the vicinity of Superfund sites in Montgomery County
— Groundwater quality study in Lycoming County
— Geese may be a significant source of bacteria in Blue Marsh Lake
— Using E. coli and turbidity to predict fecal contamination
— Carbonate aquifers are vulnerable to contamination by pesticides
— Elevated radioactivity in southeastern Pennsylvania is associated with crystalline rock formations
— Viruses were detected in 5 of 60 samples from noncommunity supply wells in carbonate and crystalline aquifers
— Bacteria concentrations in wells were higher in agricultural areas
— Total coliform was detected in 62% of wells sampled in rural areas of southeastern Pennsylvania

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