The green alga, Cladophora, promotes Escherichia coli growth and contamination of recreational waters in Lake Michigan.

@article{Heuvel2010TheGA,
  title={The green alga, Cladophora, promotes Escherichia coli growth and contamination of recreational waters in Lake Michigan.},
  author={Amy Vanden Heuvel and Colleen M. McDermott and Robert W. Pillsbury and Todd R Sandrin and Julie L. Kinzelman and John K. Ferguson and Michael J. Sadowsky and Muruleedhara N. Byappanahalli and Richard L. Whitman and Gregory T. Kleinheinz},
  journal={Journal of environmental quality},
  year={2010},
  volume={39 1},
  pages={333-44}
}
A linkage between Cladophora mats and exceedances of recreational water quality criteria has been suggested, but not directly studied. This study investigates the spatial and temporal association between Escherichia coli concentrations within and near Cladophora mats at two northwestern Lake Michigan beaches in Door County, Wisconsin. Escherichia coli concentrations in water underlying mats were significantly greater than surrounding water (p < 0.001). Below mat E. coli increased as the… CONTINUE READING