Sanitary Survey Project
In 2010, UW Oshkosh's ERIC was awarded significant funding by the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and EPA to conduct surveys at several recreational beaches to evaluate potential sources of fecal pollution. ERIC, in collaboration with several other agencies, is conducting these surveys at a total of 35 beaches bordering Lake Michigan and Lake Superior.
The overarching goal of this project is to accurately characterize the sources of microbial pollution that may impact water quality for a large number of beaches on the shorelines of Lakes Michigan and Superior. Specifically, this project will provide a basis for each of the communities partnering in this study to begin to develop recommendations on mitigating microbial contamination at these Great Lakes coastal beaches.