Twenty years ago, people drank water straight from the Catskill Mountain brooks of upstate New York. Today no one dares. Catskill water is laced with pathogens that cause illness.
Lynne Anguish, a microbiology researcher at Cornell University, is studying pathogen movement through the Catskill watershed. “Pathogens are bacteria, viruses, protozoa, fungus, yeast—any organism that lives off something else,” she says.