Indicator species characterization and removal in a detention pond in the Plaster Creek watershed.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Microbial pathogen contamination is a leading cause of impairment for urban rivers and streams in Michigan. Reports on the ability of green infrastructure best management practices to remove microbial pathogens have been highly variable. This study evaluated the influence of a detention basin (Kreiser Pond) on microbial dynamics in the Plaster Creek watershed in West Michigan. High levels of fecal indicator bacteria and coliphage were documented in influent and effluent water, with significant increases in indicator microbe concentrations during storm events. In dry conditions, Kreiser Pond efficiently reduced the number of indicator microbes flowing through the basin. Rainfall volume had a greater influence on the diversity of bacteria than sampling location. Antibiotic resistance was prevalent in culturable E. coli from Kreiser Pond, demonstrating a potential public health risk and highlighting the need for identifying the ultimate sources of microbial pollution.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Vander Meer, L; DeHeer, K; Mellinger, J; Gibes, S; Paasch, B; Wildschut, J; Miller, WL; He, S-Y; DuBois, KN

Published Date

  • November 2021

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 298 /

Start / End Page

  • 113503 -

PubMed ID

  • 34426212

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1095-8630

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0301-4797

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.jenvman.2021.113503


  • eng