Escherichia coli and Recreational Water
Quality in Vermont


One of Vermont's great treasures, valued by residents and visitors alike, is its abundance of recreational waters.  Maintaining the quality of these waters in view of increasing demands on surface waters and adjacent lands is essential.  Of particular concern is fecal contamination of recreational waters and the associated risks to human health. Escherichia coli (E. coli) is a bacterium commonly used as an indicator of water quality for freshwaters.  E. coli's natural habitat is the intestinal tract of warm-blooded animals, and although typically non-pathogenic, its presence in water indicates fecal contamination and the potential for waterborne disease.

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created by Deb Sargent under the direction of Dr. Leslie Morrissey
School of Natural Resources, University of Vermont