Hopkins Marine Station Student Paper

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Title: Distribution of marine algae in the vicinity of a sewage outfall at Carmel, California
Student Author(s): Grey, Douglas P.
Pages: 67
Location: Final Papers Biology 175H
Date: June 1970
Keywords: sewage pollution
Abstract: For years, the standard method for an assay of pollution has been a test for the presence of coliform bacteria, under the assumption that these indicate the presence of other, more harmful bacteria. While this test may be useful froma public health viewpoint, it fails to indicate the presence of sewage itself, which these studies show, may contain more materials harmful to the environment than coliform bacteria themselves. This paper will suggest a new tupe iof indicator, that of varying lagal distribution around an intertidal outfall area, as a helpful measure of the extent of total pollution.