Managing Pathogen Pollution

Students will focus on the role of pathogens as a major type of nonpoint source pollution affecting the Lower Grand River Watershed. Pathogens are bacteria, viruses, and other substances that can make people sick. Students will be able to:

  1. Identify pathogens as a major pollutant.
  2. Determine how pathogens enter a lake, river, or stream system.
  3. Identify the distribution of pathogens in various parts of the Lower Grand River Watershed.
  4. Explore ways to reduce pathogens in our local water bodies.

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Link 3A – Lower Grand River Watershed Management Plan https://www.gvsu.edu/wri/isc/lower-grand-river-watershed-management-plan-312.htm

Link 3B – Lower Grand River Organization of Watersheds website http://www.lgrow.org/watershedmanagementplan.

Link 3C – Adopt a Beach Lessons http://www.glo.texas.gov/education/texas-coast/

Link 3D – BeachGuard http://www.deq.state.mi.us/beach/

Link 3E – Can the poop detectives solve a pollution mystery? http://www.cacaponinstitute.org/PHSWR%20Bookshelf/poop_detectives.htm

Link 3F – Centers for Disease Control – Waterborne Disease https://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/surveillance/

Link 3G – Citizens Monitoring Bacteria: A training manual for monitoring E. coli http://cels.uri.edu/docslink/ww/BacteriaWorkshop/EColiManual.pdf

Link 3H – Go with the Flow http://www.wef.org/PublicInformation/page.aspx?id=152

Link 3I – Homeowners Guide to Septic Systems http://extensionhealthyhomes.org/Documents/homeowner_guide_long.pdf

Link 3J – Lower Grand River Organization of Watersheds (LGROW) http://www.lgrow.org/watershedmanagementplan

Link 3K – Michigan Department of Environmental Quality http://www.michigan.gov/deq/

Link 3L – Microbial (Pathogen)/Recreational Water Quality Criteria https://www.epa.gov/wqc/microbial-pathogenrecreational-water-quality-criteria#2012rec

Link 3M – Michigan Nonpoint Source Best Management Practices Manual https://www.michigan.gov/documents/deq/deq-wb-nps-Intro_250601_7.pdf

Link 3N – Michigan Water Stewardship Program http://www.miwaterstewardship.org/

Link 3O -MIWATERS https://miwaters.deq.state.mi.us/nsite/

Link 3P – Nonpoint Source Pollution Environmental Resources Guides http://infohouse.p2ric.org/ref/32/31853.pdf

Link 3Q – Safe Waters, Healthy Waters: A guide for citizen groups on bacterial monitoring in local waterways  https://www.cwp.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/SAFE-WATERS-Guide_Final.pdf

Link 3R – Project WET http://www.projectwet.org/


The Communities for Clean Water videos and lessons plans were created in partnership with WGVU and the GVSU Annis Water Resources Institute. They were made possible through a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency through the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.