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April 3, 2006

E. Coli In Streams And Lakes Is Topic Of April 5 Lecture

The University of Iowa Center for Health Effects of Environmental Contamination (CHEEC) will host a lecture on E. coli and its impact on water sources April 5 on the UI campus.

Richard Whitman, Ph.D., and Meredith Nevers of the U.S. Geological Survey's Lake Michigan Ecological Research Station in Porter, Ind., will present "Sources, Fate and Nature of E. coli in Streams and Lakes" at 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 5 in the State Room (Room 274) of the Iowa Memorial Union. The event is free and open to the public.

Whitman and Nevers will discuss developing predictive models for E. coli along recreational beaches using an integrated "beachshed" approach. Using hydrometeorological data and the knowledge of factors that increase E. coli counts, predictive models may be a more effective means of monitoring beach water for E. coli.

The lecture is co-sponsored by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources - Geological Survey and the U.S. Geological Survey.

For more information, contact David Riley at CHEEC at 319-335-4016 or

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5139 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

MEDIA CONTACT: David Pedersen, 319-335-8032,