UWM Freshwater Sciences lab receives $1.5 million grant

Sandra McLellan’s lab at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s School of Freshwater Sciences has received a $1.5 million grant to help fund a better assessment tool for water pollution that affects rivers and beaches in urban areas.

Currently, pollution in urban waterways is assessed by measuring the levels of E. coli and fecal coliform bacteria in the water. McLellan, a professor in the School of Freshwater Sciences, is looking for better microorganisms that would give important clues as to the source of the pollution.

McLellan’s work has led to the cleanup of Bradford Beach. She’s also conducting research to find ways to improve water quality at South Shore Park’s beach.

The grant, from the National Institutes of Health, will be paid out over four years.

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