Relationship between fecal coliform and E.coli within Kentucky River Basin

Madhu Akasapu, Lindell Ormsbee

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Abstract

Various bacteria have been proposed and used in the past as possible indicators of the presence of pathogens in surface waters. Fecal coliform and E.coli are two of the more widely used indicators. While fecal coliform has been used extensively by both federal EPA and various state governments, E.coli has only more recently been adopted by various states (such as Kentucky) following EPA's 1986 decision to recommend its use. As a consequence, many state regulatory and research databases contain significant fecal coliform data but more sparse E.coli data. Thus, it would be useful to have a relationship between fecal and E.coli data so that historical data sets could be updated for the purposes of establishing and evaluating water quality trends. This paper presents just such a relationship that was developed from data collected from central Kentucky over a multi year period.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWorld Environmental and Water Resources Congress 2011
Subtitle of host publicationBearing Knowledge for Sustainability - Proceedings of the 2011 World Environmental and Water Resources Congress
Pages1840-1849
Number of pages10
DOIs
StatePublished - 2011
EventWorld Environmental and Water Resources Congress 2011: Bearing Knowledge for Sustainability - Palm Springs, CA, United States
Duration: May 22 2011May 26 2011

Publication series

NameWorld Environmental and Water Resources Congress 2011: Bearing Knowledge for Sustainability - Proceedings of the 2011 World Environmental and Water Resources Congress

Conference

ConferenceWorld Environmental and Water Resources Congress 2011: Bearing Knowledge for Sustainability
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityPalm Springs, CA
Period5/22/115/26/11

Keywords

  • Kentucky
  • River basins
  • Viruses

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science (all)

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