Since January 2004 Jon Standridge has worked as a private consultant providing public/environmental health, and water microbiology expertise. Prior to 2004 he spent 31 years as the principal water microbiologist at the University of Wisconsin, State Laboratory of Hygiene. His research areas have included; developing a sensitive test for waters for detecting E. coli O157, detection of algal toxins, improving Cryptosporidium detection methods, identifying sources of pathogens in watersheds, studying the movement of microbes through soil beneath wastewater treatment facilities, developing methods for detecting endocrine disruptors in water and improving our understanding of microbial indicators of water pollution.
In May 2013, Clean Lakes Alliance launched a pilot project for its new Citizen Water Quality Monitoring program under the leadership of Friends of Clean Lakes board member Jon Standridge, a retired water research scientist from the University of Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene. Our belief is that citizen monitoring can be a powerful tool to raise awareness and increase citizen engagement with the lakes. Standridge will take us through the pilot program and what we’ve learned so far, as well as discussing the public health issues associated with E.coli and blue green occurrences in the Yahara chain.