Beach Project Field Site

Beach ProjectTitle: Groundwater contribution to fecal and nutrient pollution at beaches along the Great Lakes

Dates: Spring 2013 to 2016

Locations (4): Marie Curtis Beach and Burlington Beach, Lake Ontario; Mountain View Beach and Balm Beach, Lake Huron


Beaches PhotosIn a research collaboration with Dr. Clare Robinson (Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Western Ontario), we study the contribution of groundwater discharge as a pathway for delivering nutrients into the lakes and its impact on the degrading water quality of the Great Lakes. In this project, we also investigate the interacting hydrological, biogeochemical and microbial processes occurring near the groundwaterlake interface. To elucidate the role of human impacts on nutrient speciation and fluxes, four beaches were selected: two urban beaches on Lake Ontario (Marie Curtis and Burlington beaches) and two rural beaches on Lake Huron (Mountain View and Balm beaches). These beaches encompass a range from relatively pristine to heavily human-impacted environments. To learn more about this project, please visit Great Lakes Beaches Research.