Rapid Water Quality Detection

Building Beach Managers’ Capacity for Using Rapid Tools (Co-PI), (2010-2013)

In collaboration with; Erin Dreelin (Michigan State University), Julie Kinzelman (City of Racine) and Shannon Briggs (Michigan Department of Environmental Quality)epa


This project was funded by USEPA as a part of Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

Rapid quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) methods are ready for use to provide timely information to protect recreational-water users from waterborne pathogens. However, local health departments and beach managers currently lack the equipment and training to implement these new rapid tools.

This project aimed to bring rapid tools to public health laboratories for beach monitoring through a training and technical assistance program with a strong emphasis on quality assurance/quality control and standardized data interpretation in Michigan. This project also produced a training video and a “How to” Manual for qPCR methods for monitoring fecal pollution of beaches.

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See our qPCR for beach monitoring training video

See our online manual for the application of Method 1611

Healthier Great Lakes Beaches through Improved Communication (Co-PI), (2010-2013)

In collaboration with; Dave Poulson (Michigan State University)Erin Dreelin (Michigan State University), Joan B. Rose (Michigan State University)



This project was funded by USEPA as a part of Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

This project focused on improving communication of beach monitoring to the public. Workshops and online materials were designed to improve communication between journalists and beach managers, leading to better communication of nearshore health issues to the public. A nonprofit environmental news service was sustained to explore trends in nearshore health, causes and consequences.