College

Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences

Date of Last Revision

2022-05-04 16:52:30

Major

Biology

Honors Course

3100:499

Number of Credits

2

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Date of Expected Graduation

Spring 2022

Abstract

Lake Erie is a vital resource for its surrounding area, and one of its most important purposes is as a recreational body of water. In determining whether Lake Erie’s water quality meets U.S. EPA standards, daily surveys and water samples were taken on behalf of the Lake County General Health District, as well as E. coli samples every other day. This paper quantified the E. coli count for both Mentor Headlands Beach and Fairport Harbor Beach in Lake County over the swimming seasons for 2020 and 2021, as well as evaluated which variables collected in daily surveys impact E. coli count. Both wave height and 24-hour precipitation (collected through USGS gage 04212100 Grand River near Painesville, OH) were shown to be associated with E. coli count. The overall health of Lake Erie, according to U.S. EPA standards, is decent, but the Harmful Algal Bloom severity index suggests otherwise.

Research Sponsor

Dr. Randall Mitchell

First Reader

Elizabeth Militante-Advey

Second Reader

Dr. Hazel Barton

Honors Faculty Advisor

Dr. Brian Bagatto

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