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SWIMMERS ITCH UPDATE:
Under the coordination of Matt Carter, the following four summer interns have been collecting water samples to be analyzed by Freshwater Solution’s qPCR equipment:
Riley Fillmore (Mancelona)
Angel Shaw (Central Lake)
Matt Baker (Elk Rapids)
Emily Comai (Kalkaska)

A special THANK YOU to the following volunteers who have provided pontoons and drivers to help the interns collect the water samples on Tuesdays, and to transport the samples to the lab for DNA extraction in a timely manner:
June 11th: Becky Norris & Dean, in collaboration with ESLA’s Andy Hogarth, high-flow tribs,
June 25th: Steve Detwiler, southern part of Torch Lake
July 2nd: Becky Norris & Dean, in collaboration with ESLA’s Andy Hogarth, normal-flow tribs
July 9th: Art Hoadley, middle portion of Torch Lake
July 16th: Dean Branson, northern portion of Torch Lake
July 23rd: John Curtis, Lake Bellaire

In anticipation of the intern’s Report and Presentation about their internship activities, which is to be wrapped up by August 27th, the interns and Matt Carter have prepared a preliminary outline of the primary elements in their Report, including a rationale for comparing E.coli values and human fecal bacteria (HF183) values in the four tributaries, based on the qPCR analysis of these samples. The rationale for measuring the human fecal bacteria in near-shore water samples about every 1½ miles around Torch and Bellaire Lakes will also be described along with interpretations of the results. Their Report is also expected to include the results and interpretation of the swimmer’s itch cecariae in water samples around Torch and Bellaire Lakes, including a comparison of their findings from Tues. July 16th and Ron Reimink’s findings three days later from the same locations on Fri, July 19th. Their Report will also include the findings from a special screening of another group of human fecal bacteria in water samples from the Torch Lake sandbar before and during the gathering of large numbers of people on July 4th. This screening experiment was designed to compare the results with EPA’s health-based criteria of 30 counts per 100 ml.
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Art Hoadley, Matt Carter, interns Emily Comai, Angel Shaw, Riley Fillmore, and Matt Baker at Dockside following a successful outing collecting water samples for DNA testing. ... See MoreSee Less

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Anyone recognize this lighthouse? It washed up on our shore this morning (Crystal Beach Rd.). It looks handmade and maybe vintage. We’d love to find the owners and get it back to them. Please spread the word! ... See MoreSee Less

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1 month ago

Anyone recognize this lighthouse? It washed up on our shore this morning (Crystal Beach Rd). Looks hand made and we’d love to get it back to its owner. Spread the word! ... See MoreSee Less

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