Bookcover of Detecting fecal contamination from intertidal disposal in remote areas
Booktitle:

Detecting fecal contamination from intertidal disposal in remote areas

The use of Clostridium perfringens as a fecal indicator in Prince William Sound, Alaska

LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing (2009-10-06 )

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ISBN-13:

978-3-8383-1895-0

ISBN-10:
3838318951
EAN:
9783838318950
Book language:
English
Blurb/Shorttext:
Human waste disposal in backcountry areas is understudied. This study measured Clostridium perfringens in beach sediments of Prince William Sound, Alaska to detect fecal contamination resulting from intertidal disposal. Analysis involved holding times that exceeded 8 hours. Experimentally contaminated sediments and sediments from urban and backcountry locations did not decay when stored for 49 to 101 days regardless of the storage and sampling treatment. Fecal contamination was not detected in sediments while campers practiced intertidal disposal. Additionally, C. perfringens concentrations at beach campsites did not correlate with human impacts or a site’s accessibility. Three urban locations had C. perfringens concentrations greater than Prince William Sound, Resurrection Bay, and beaches sampled during intertidal disposal. The lack of detectable fecal contamination during periods of use and at heavily impacted areas suggests that intertidal disposal of wastes may be a safe method for small groups (<12) of backcountry travelers. This work is of value to land managers and researchers seeking to measure fecal contamination in backcountry areas.
Publishing house:
LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing
Website:
https://www.lap-publishing.com/
By (author) :
Gino Graziano, Paul Twardock, Richard Myers
Number of pages:
68
Published at:
2009-10-06
Stock:
Available
Category:
Microbiology
Price:
49.00 €
Keywords:
Clostridium perfringens, intertidal disposal, fecal indicator, fecal contamination, backcountry waste disposal

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