Maine Healthy Beaches Data Analysis and Web Application

Feb 1, 2016

Prepared for Maine Health Beaches Program by Jeffrey D. Walker, PhD

Summary: As a member of the Technical Advisory Committee, Jeff provided a brief data analysis and developed an interactive web application to help the Maine Healthy Beaches Program (MHB) better understand their data. MHB recruits volunteers to collect fecal indicator bacteria data at many beaches along the coast of Maine. The purpose of this work was to better understand how often bacteria levels exceeded state standards at each beach, and to identify patterns in how often samples were collected. The web application provides an interactive dashboard and data visualizations designed to explore the dataset.