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Water quality in three creeks in the backcountry of Grand Teton National Park, USA

January 1, 2001

This study was conducted in Grand Teton National Park during the summers of 1996 and 1997 to investigate the water quality in two high human use areas: Garnet Canyon and lower Cascade Canyon. To evaluate the water quality in these creeks, fecal coliform, Giardia lamblia, coccidia, and microparticulates were measured in water samples. No evidence of fecal coliform, Giardia lamblia, or coccidia, was found in Garnet Creek. The water quality and general water chemistry of Garnet Creek was similar to the reference site. No Giardia lamblia or coccidia were found in Cascade Creek, but fecal coliforms were present. The isolated colonies of Escherichia coli from Cascade Creek matched the ribosome patterns of avian, deer, canine, elk, rodent, and human coliforms.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2001
Title Water quality in three creeks in the backcountry of Grand Teton National Park, USA
DOI 10.1080/02705060.2001.9663796
Authors A.M. Farag, J.N. Goldstein, D.F. Woodward
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Journal of Freshwater Ecology
Series Number
Index ID 70023567
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Columbia Environmental Research Center