FAME volunteers are on the trail of elusive E. coli contamination

Local volunteers are helping scientists solve a water quality mystery. For some time now, environmental officials have known there is excessive E. coli bacteria in Claiborne Run. The problem is they don’t know the source.

E. coli live in the intestines of healthy
humans and animals and are usually
harmless, but can produce a powerful toxin and cause severe illness. The presence of E. coli in water is a strong indication of recent sewage or animal waste