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OFFICE OF WATER 820-F-12-058. (2012) Recreational Water Quality Criteria. US EPA.

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  • TITLE: Assessing the East Bay of Galveston Bay, Texas for Coliform Bacteria in Recreational Water

    AUTHORS: Tommy Quach, Luis Colon, Akintayo Akinrinlola, Jesse Bell, Sonya Good

    KEYWORDS: Coliform Bacteria, Fecal Matter, Bacterial Indicators, Galveston Bay, Enterococci

    JOURNAL NAME: Open Journal of Marine Science, Vol.6 No.4, September 29, 2016

    ABSTRACT: The Galveston Bay beach is a widely used recreational area that remains a concern in terms of water quality. There are many factors that contribute to its pollution such as fecal matter entering the bay due to overflow of the sewage system and run offs. Thus, evaluating the water quality for fecal matter and other pollutants is continuously monitored by citizen scientists and research groups throughout the Galveston Bay. The investigation utilizes the colorimetric response of coliform at three test sites along the East Bay of Galveston. Each response is positive for coliform that may indicate the presence of fecal matter. Other scientists have denoted the presence of fecal matter in the Galveston Bay at two sites using enterococci indicator which may be more associated with human fecal matter. The analyses show that the recreational water is likely not a threat since its levels were low. However, the need for analyses based on EPA protocols and standards is necessary to better access water pollution due to fecal matter in the Galveston Bay area.