Microbial source tracking markers at three inland recreational lakes in Ohio, 2011

Open-File Report 2012-1222
Prepared in cooperation with the Ohio Water Development Authority and Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District
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During the 2011 recreational season, samples were collected for E. coli and microbial source tracking (MST) marker concentrations to begin to understand potential sources of fecal contamination at three inland recreational lakes in Ohio - Buckeye, Atwood, and Tappan Lakes. The results from 32 regular samples, 4 field blanks, and 7 field replicates collected at 5 sites are presented in this report. At the three lakes, the ruminant-associated marker was found most often (57-73 percent of samples) but at estimated quantities, followed by the dog-associated marker (30-43 percent of samples). The human-associated marker was found in 14 and 50 percent of samples from Atwood and Tappan Lakes, respectively, but was not found in any samples from the two Buckeye Lake sites. The gull-associated marker was detected in only two samples, both from Tappan Lake.

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Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Microbial source tracking markers at three inland recreational lakes in Ohio, 2011
Series title Open-File Report
Series number 2012-1222
DOI 10.3133/ofr20121222
Year Published 2012
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) Ohio Water Science Center
Description iv, 8 p.
Country United States
State Ohio
Other Geospatial Atwood Lake;Buckeye Lake;Tappan Lake
Online Only (Y/N) Y
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