PERSISTENCE OF HUMAN FECAL-BORNE BACTERIA ON THE TUNDRA

Authors
  1. White, L.A.
  2. Spence, M.R.
Corporate Authors
Defence Research Establishment Suffield, Ralston ALTA (CAN)
Abstract
The staging and bivouac areas employed by Canadian Forces Exercise New Viking at Ft. Churchill, Man., were examined for evidence of fouling of ground by human excrement and bacteria normally present in the excrement. One major bivouac area, near Stygge Lake, was studied in detail. Examination of latrine sites, both on and beneath the surface, indicated that weathering, at least over the sub-arctic summer and a portion of the winter, does not result in complete elimination of the groups of microbes employed as indicators of human fecal pollution (total and fecal coliforms and fecal streptococci). Run-off from latrine sites apparently does not cause additional fouling of ground.
Report Number
TN-348 —
Date of publication
15 May 1974
Number of Pages
24
DSTKIM No
74-03828
CANDIS No
23334
Format(s):
Hardcopy;Originator's fiche received by DSIS

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