Pollution tests fail to find Bacteria source

BAR HARBOR — Water quality testing along Northeast Creek has confirmed fecal pollution in the estuary, but the exact sources of the contamination have yet to be determined, marine resources committee chairman Chris Peterson, Ph.D., told town councilors recently.

Test samples taken from eight locations this fall along the winding creek revealed fecal coliform in the waterway entering from as far back as the location of the Stone Barn Farm on Norway Drive, Dr. Peterson said. Other tests, including ones done last spring, pointed to sources of contamination further downstream.

“The problem is more complex than we first thought … and we’re possibly looking at multiple sources of contamination,” Dr. Peterson said.

Testing on the waterway was initiated after officials with the Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR) closed the clam flats around the mouth of Northeast Creek to harvesting in January of this year. Dr. Peterson, who is a professor of biology at College of the Atlantic (COA), had his students take water samples in April and May and again during the last three weeks of October and the first week of this month.

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Robert Levin

Robert Levin

Former reporter Robert Levin covered the people, businesses, governmental and nonprofit agencies of Bar Harbor. [email protected]