Montreux Clean Beach Project
removing, identifying and quantifying aquatic pollutants.
Weekly microbial cultures of lake water in a chromogenic medium, inhibitive to gram stain positive bacteria.
Official water quality testing on the shores of Lac Léman is essentially limited to "official bathing sites", once a month and only during the summer season (see the official results here ). In Geneva the tests are done every two weeks !
We wanted to see what the water quality is like in areas that are not tested but are frequently used by the public for bathing. The shoreline between the "Baye de Montreux" and the "Baye de Clarens" fit this description.
There is a WIKI for the full project plan and references. Team members were trained and participated in a "Qualification day".
June - August 2016
What is your chance of coming into contact with antibiotic resistant organisms in Lac Léman ?
We would like to answer that question by surveying the coast (in conjunction with litter pickups) for one year.
The data from the microbial assays will be compared against available, meteorological, hydrological and economic data.
We believe our data fits current models for other locations when precipitation levels are accounted for.
Our winter project includes the construction of at least one digital PH, temp and conductivity meter for water samples.
Select a Location :
Water sampling locations 2016
Get a bottle of "Haut Lac Trash". Made in Switzerland and collected by hand on the shore of Lake Geneva.
Benefits from sales pay for ongoing and future operations.
Culture 24hrs of incubation : 12/07/2016 Sauvetage
Montreux Clean Beach Project is a hammerdirt project.
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