Study finds possible contamination source affecting Parkview Canal (includes video story)

Researchers from the volunteer organization Surfrider and the University of Miami reviewed a presentation regarding the water quality of Parkview Canal Tuesday night at North Shore Park.

The report, which was presented by UM professor Dr. Helena M. Solo Gabrielle, highlights measurements of enterococci bacteria levels in samples collected at different areas along and near the canal, including in the nearby soil.

Researchers explain that enterococci, which is commonly found in the intestinal tract of mammals, seems to be entering the canal from a freshwater source—likely from a wastewater sanitary sewer. The study offered this as a possible source of contamination, but did not confirm it.

In order to mitigate bacterial pollution in the future, upgrading stormwater conveyance systems and sanitary sewage infrastructure was recommended by the report.

Julian Davis is a student at Florida International University, pursuing his Bachelor's degree in Broadcast Journalism. Julian is Jamaican-American and is passionate about photography and the environment, always looking for a way to inspire others about the same. He currently works as a photographer for the school newspaper, PantherNOW. After graduation, Julian aspires to do investigative journalism focusing on environmental corruption.

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