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Development of Methods to Distinguish Between Ruminant and Human Sourcesof Fecal Contamination in Watersheds

For this project, we proposed to assess the ability of a  molecular-based PCR method to identify sources of fecal contamination  in watersheds. This method identifies fecal contamination through the  amplification of Bacteroides DNA using the polymerase chain reaction.  In addition to permitting the identification of fecal contamination,  the method is exceptional due to its potential ability to identify  quickly and efficiently the source of contamination as being of human  or ruminant origin.    The project focused on the analysis of samples collected from several  stream stations in Albany and Rensselaer Counties. Samples were  collected in triplicate from four sites on four sampling dates.    (microbial source tracking); (MST); (bacterial source tracking);  (BST); (PCR); (polymerase chain reaction); (coliforms); (fecal  coliforms); (E. coli); (fecal streptococcus); (streptococcus);  (enterococcus); (non point source pollution); (non-point source  pollution); (wastewater); (water quality)

Status
In progress
Type
Project
Start Date
End Date
Scope of Study
Field Investigation
Laboratory Investigation
Scale of Phenomena
Biochemical
Cellular
Ecosystem
Physical/Chemical
Land Use and Habitat
Wetlands
State Province
New York
Region Being Monitored
Coastal Wetlands
Resource Being Monitored
Emission / Release / Discharge / Waste Management
Human Health
Beneficial Use Impairment Assessments
Beach Closings
Restrictions on Drinking Water Consumption or Taste and Odour Problems
Annex Numbers
Pollution from Contaminated Groundwater
Pollution from Non-Point Sources
Research & Development
Annex 17
Physical and transformational processes affecting delivery of pollutants
General
Monitoring
Annex
  • Annex Numbers
    Annex Numbers
    Pollution from Contaminated Groundwater
    Pollution from Non-Point Sources
    Research & Development
  • Annex 17
    Annex 17
    Physical and transformational processes affecting delivery of pollutants

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