Michigan Environmental Education Curriculum
Stream Monitoring

Fecal Coliform

Coliform describes a type of bacteria that is rod-shaped.

Fecal describes bacteria that can be found in animal and human waste.
Fecal coliform is a type of bacteria that is found in human and animal waste that, when found in nature, is used as an indicator of how polluted a water source may be.

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Heavy Metals

Metals that can be found in the periodic table, such as iron, aluminum, copper, mercury and silver

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Water that has been contaminated by passing through a dump or landfill. This may be water that comes from the garbage or from rain that seeps through the garbage.

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An organism that does not have a backbone but can still be seen without a microscope

For example, a beetle, leech or clam

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