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  Particle-Associated Microorganisms in Storm Water Runoff (EPA/600/J-03/262)

This research investigated the effects of blending and chemical addition before analysis of the concentration of microorganisms in storm water runoff from a single summer storm to determine whether clumped or particle-associated organisms play a significant role.

The standard membrane filtration method was used to enumerate the microorganisms. All organisms, except for Escherichia coli, showed an increase in the measured concentration after blending samples at 22,000 revolutions per minute with or without the chemical mixture.

Other than fecal streptococci, the organism concentrations decreased with the addition of Camper's solution in both blended and unblended samples before analyses. There was a statistically significant interaction between the effects of Camper's solution and the effects of blending for all the organisms tested, except for total coliform. Blending did not alter the mean particle size significantly. The results show no correlation between increased total coliform, fecal coliform, and fecal streptococcus concentrations and the mean particle size.


Mike Borst

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