Recreational Water Testing
Public Beach Monitoring
UW Oshkosh has been leading Wisconsin's Great Lakes beach monitoring program since 2003. Now housed at the Environmental Research and Innovation Center (ERIC), the program monitors approximately 120 beaches along Lake Michigan and Lake Superior covering nearly 600 miles of total coastline.
Every summer, ERIC places student interns at four related state-certified labs to assist in monitoring these beaches. These internships provide great hands-on laboratory and field experience for the workforce of tomorrow, while offering an efficient and capable workforce today.
ERIC is also lending its recreational water research expertise to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) by conducting sanitary surveys of several Great Lakes beaches to evaluate possible sources of fecal pollution. With rapid molecular testing (qPCR) equipment at its disposal, the ERIC provides the fastest possible detection and notification of hazardous levels of bacteria in recreational water.
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