Project Rally: Water Quality Analysis of the Toms River

Abstract

The objective of the Rally Project is to identify key areas of poor water quality along the Toms River. Sampling was performed at eleven locations throughout the Toms River from June 6 through July 27, 2021. Bacteria was quantified using both the Coliscan EasygelT M and Enterolert* methods. Due to results higher than expected, Enterolert* test results will be verified through a future pilot test. Statistical analysis on the Coliscan EasygelT M results found sites TR10 (Dillon’s Creek) and TR11 (Dillon’s Marina) to have the highest geometric means and frequency of exceeding the safe standard of 200 CFU/100ml for Fecal Coliform bacteria. Further analysis is encouraged of the Dillon’s Creek and Dillon’s Marina sites, as the Toms River is a pivotal ecosystem for various flora and fauna as well as a central location for the local community.

Contributors

Julia Keiser

Student Grant Awardee 2021

Lana Van Note

Student Grant Awardee 2021

Rory Hogan

Student Grant Awardee 2021

Luis Arias

Student Grant Awardee 2021