Study tests ur­ban wa­ter­way, air qual­ity

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - COMMUNITY -

ANNANDALE-ON-HUD­SON, N.Y. >> A study coau­thored by M. Elias Dueker, as­sis­tant pro­fes­sor of en­vi­ron­men­tal and ur­ban stud­ies at Bard Col­lege, sam­pled air and wa­ter at three ur­ban water­front sites in New York City to eval­u­ate the po­ten­tial for lo­cal con­nec­tions be­tween wa­ter­ways and air qual­ity.

The study, “Com­par­i­son of Bac­te­rial Diver­sity in Air and Wa­ter of a Ma­jor Ur­ban Cen­ter,” found ev­i­dence of sewage con­tam­i­na­tion in both wa­ter and air, demon­strat­ing a lo­cal con­nec­tion be­tween wa­ter qual­ity and air qual­ity in the ur­ban en­vi­ron­ment.

Dueker said that, supris­ingly, the air har­bored a much more di­verse bac­te­rial com­mu­nity than found in ur­ban wa­ter­ways.

This study was funded by a Hud­son River Foun­da­tion Grant.

To read the full study or for more in­for­ma­tion on the Bard Cen­ter for the Study of Land, Air, and Wa­ter, visit landair­wa­

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