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E. coli Bacteria Monitoring

Between 2003 and 2006 Wisconsin partnered with volunteer monitoring programs in 5 other Midwest states to assess home lab methods for monitoring E. coli bacteria as compared to state laboratory methods. A second goal was to assess which home lab methods worked best for volunteer monitors.  This study was completed in 2006. Learn more about the 2003-2006 project >> 

Results of this research suggested that both 3M Petrifilm and Coliscan Easygel worked well as screening tools – that is, they allow citizen monitors to get a general sense of levels of E. coli bacteria in local waterbodies for a reasonable cost.  Therefore, if you are interested in being trained to use one of these methods for screening purposes (to get a general idea of the level of bacteria in your local stream on a given day), contact:

Kris Stepenuck

Citizen Stream Monitoring Program Coordinator
608.265.3887 or 608.264.8948

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