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Bacteria Monitoring

BRWA volunteer bacteria monitors work to gather a baseline of E. coli bacteria data on various determined points of the major tributaries of the Bad River Watershed.  In collecting this data volunteers monitor and record the extent to which streams in the watershed conform to the basic bacteria parameters established by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as safe for human exposure.

Volunteer bacteria monitors conduct monthly monitoring May through October, on the first Saturday of each month.  Samples are also collected at high rain events to test for levels of bacteria in water samples drawn from sites.  Water samples are collected, and then tested using the Coliscan EasyGel method. Samples are plated and incubated for 24 hours.  After the incubation period the bacteria colonies are counted.

 

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BRWAs Priorities Poll

Please rank the questions below based on how you believe BRWA should prioritize emerging water quality issues in the region. (5 being the highest, 1 being the lowest - use the "+" selector to vote. 5 votes for highest rank, 4 votes for second highest, etc.)

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Establish baseline water quality conditions
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Outreach and education
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Restore problem erosional areas
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Work with local authorities to address water quality issues
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Protective waterway designations
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Threats To Water Poll

Please rank the questions below based on what you believe is the greater threat to water quality in the region. (5 being the highest, 1 being the lowest - use the "+" selector to vote. 5 votes for highest rank, 4 votes for second highest, etc.)

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Large-scale agriculture
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Failing septic/waste treatment systems
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Mining
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Stream sedimentation, washouts and erosion
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Forest management practices
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