Threat to Biscayne Bay
of Sewage - Contaminated Water on Human Health
Q and A with Helena Solo-Gabriele
Quality Assessment: Overview
"Water quality is determined by assessing three classes of attributes:
biological, chemical, and physical." This page - and its associated
pages - provides information on the variables tested within each of
these three classes of attributes. The information includes how the
variables are monitored, acceptable levels, and indications of elevated
levels in terms of types of pollutants.
Biscayne Bay Surface Water Improvement & Management (SWIM) Plan
A description of the five-step plan to assess water quality conditions
in the bay and recommended remedial actions and projects to address
of Southern California National Sea Grant: Study Says It's Time to Test
Water for More Than Bacteria
"Microbiological safety of beaches is determined by testing for
the presence of fecal bacteria. Water found to be clear of bacteria
is assumed to be safe. However, (this) USC Sea Grant study indicates
that standard might be misleading because human pathogenic viruses sometimes
lurk in bacteria-free water."
Company's Important Water Quality Factors
"Analysts determine water quality by testing for specific chemicals.
Most often, the type of water being tested determines what parameters,
or analytes, the analyst looks for. For example, chlorine is an important
parameter in finished drinking water, but is not usually a factor in
natural water. This section lists common water quality parameters important
in drinking water, wastewater, and natural water. Many parameter listings
include descriptions of the effects of analyte levels on living organisms."
Water Testing and Water Quality Analysis
Homepage for Hach Company, a water quality test kit supplier. "Hach
Company provides advanced analytical systems and technical support for
water quality testing, with solutions for lab, process, and field."
Company Test Kits
Homepage for LaMotte Company, an environmental test kit supplier.
LaMotte provides test kits for many different situations, including
pool & spa water, potable & waste water, food/beverage/sanitation/laundry,
and soil testing - to name just a few.
Bay Surface Water Quality Monitoring Program
This page provides contact information to obtain Biscayne Bay surface
water quality data. "Biscayne Bay water quality has been monitored by
DERM (Metro-Dade Department of Environmental Resources Management )
continuously since 1979
Water samples are analyzed for trace metals,
nutrients, chlorophyll a, pheophytin, coliform bacteria, turbidity,
and color. In situ measurements include PAR attenuation, salinity, specific
conductance, temperature, pH, Redox potential, D.O. and depth. Investigative
studies involve: sediment testing at marinas, canals, the Port-of-Miami
and the Miami River; mussel tissue analyses from various stations in
the bay testing for contaminant bio-accumulation in the Biscayne Bay