Effects of dispersed recreational activities on the microbiological quality of forest surface water
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The microbiological quality of forest surface waters in the Greenwater River watershed was examined to investigate the influence of heavy motorized camping in an area with no sanitary facilities. Indicator densities increased during weekend human-use periods when compared to weekdays. Increases in indicator densities were also noted downstream from heavily used camping areas when compared to upstream sites. Seasonal, weekly, and diurnal fluctuations in indicator densities were observed. This study suggests that potential health hazards exist in this watershed during periods of human use.
Varness, K. J., Pacha, R. E., & Lapen, R. F. (1978). Effects of dispersed recreational activities on the microbiological quality of forest surface water. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 36(1), 95-104. https://doi.org/10.1128/aem.36.1.95-104.1978
Applied and Environmental Microbiology
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