Community Environmental Health Laboratory at the Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory
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Bar Harbor, Maine
In congruence with the Maine Department of Marine Resources’ (DMR) efforts to monitor declining water quality in the Jordan River, Frenchman Bay, Maine, the Community Lab at MDI Biological Laboratory implemented regular water quality monitoring at additional sites in the watershed to supplement the work of the DMR. Water samples were collected weekly between June and August of 2017 by staff and students from the Community Lab. Samples were collected via boat and foot to reach additional intermittent streams and smaller tributaries that feed into the Jordan River. Samples were analyzed for Enterococcus bacteria, optical brighteners, and salinity. A goal of this work was to identify potential pollution sources and increase water quality knowledge in this area to help provide additional information to consider in regards to shellfish closures. All monitoring data and results were entered into the Anecdata.org Jordan River Monitoring Project to keep data updated, easily accessible, and open to the public.
Taylor, Ashley and Farrell, Anna, "Jordan River Monitoring Report" (2017). Maine Sea Grant Publications. 142.
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