Assessment of Bacterial and Viral Contamination in Burns Ditch and Lake Water in Northwest Indiana

Major Goals and Objectives

The objectives of this study are to:

  • Study the sources and contamination levels of enteric bacteria and viruses in Burns Ditch, one of the most polluted streams that flow into Lake Michigan in Northwest Indiana.
  • Determine the impact of the pollution of Burns Ditch on the microbial quality of lake front water off West Beach, located three kilometers west of the water outfall.
  • Use a molecular approach to detect viruses in stream and lake waters.
  • Use a computer-based image analysis system to determine the quantity of viruses in water samples.

Research Information

Principal Investigator:
W.T. Evert Ting
Initiation Date:
Completion Date:
Purdue University Calumet

Our Work


W.T. Evert Ting
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