Presentation Title

Water Quality monitoring for Salinity and Enterococcus in Surfside Beach

Presentation Type

Poster

Full Name of Faculty Mentor

Monica Gray, Physics and Engineering Science

Major

Engineering Science

Presentation Abstract

The Surfside area of Myrtle Beach, SC on 16th Avenue North was tested for salinity and bacteria level of Enterococcus. Salinity is the concentration of salts in water and Enterococcus is an indicator of fecal matter contamination. These two indicators are part of South Carolina and federal laws in order to prevent potential impacts of poor water quality. High salinity and Enterococcus concentrations within stormwater areas can be an indicator that there needs to be improvements to water quality standards and impact the health of humans and the environment. Salinity used Hach CDC401Conductivity Probe and Enterococcus used IDEXX 97-well Quanti-Trays with a reagent, enterolert, between May 8th, 1997, and January 25, 2021. 700 and 396 samples were collected for Enterococcus and salinity resulting in averages of 106MPN/mL and 33.9PSU respectively. These results were below SCDHEC and EPA standards.

Location

Poster Session 1

Start Date

21-4-2021 12:00 PM

End Date

21-4-2021 2:00 PM

Disciplines

Engineering Physics

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Water Quality monitoring for Salinity and Enterococcus in Surfside Beach

Poster Session 1

The Surfside area of Myrtle Beach, SC on 16th Avenue North was tested for salinity and bacteria level of Enterococcus. Salinity is the concentration of salts in water and Enterococcus is an indicator of fecal matter contamination. These two indicators are part of South Carolina and federal laws in order to prevent potential impacts of poor water quality. High salinity and Enterococcus concentrations within stormwater areas can be an indicator that there needs to be improvements to water quality standards and impact the health of humans and the environment. Salinity used Hach CDC401Conductivity Probe and Enterococcus used IDEXX 97-well Quanti-Trays with a reagent, enterolert, between May 8th, 1997, and January 25, 2021. 700 and 396 samples were collected for Enterococcus and salinity resulting in averages of 106MPN/mL and 33.9PSU respectively. These results were below SCDHEC and EPA standards.

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