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Elk Creek Bacterial DNA Study

The primary objective of this project is to determine the sources of   coliform bacteria within the Elk Creek Watershed. This project is   vitally important because the Oregon DEQ has listed Elk Creek   as ?water quality limited? for coliform bacteria, and is in the   process of refining a draft Umpqua River Bacteria TMDL. This plan   proposes that non-point sources in the Elk Creek Watershed need to   reduce bacteria loads by approximately 78%. Without credible   scientific evidence to identify the sources of this bacterial   pollution, any strategy to reduce these bacterial loads can only be   based on assumptions. Implementation of any best management   practices (BMPs) to reduce bacteria cannot succeed if the underlying   assumptions as to the causes prove incorrect. Recognizing the   importance of clearly establishing the sources of bacterial   pollution, the Elk Creek Watershed Council is sponsoring this   project so that truly effective and appropriate BMP?s can be   identified and implemented.    Goals of the project to meet this objective include:  1. Conduct additional bacteria monitoring and bacteria source   tracking (BST) (via DNA fingerprinting) to identify non-point   sources and runoff issues.  2. Identify and prioritize non-point BMPs as part of TMDL   implementation.  3. Increase public awareness of non-point source water quality   issues within the Elk Creek Watershed.  4. Demonstrate the use of bacteria source tracking technology as a   technique that may be applied elsewhere in the region and in Oregon.    (microbial source tracking); (MST); (bacterial source tracking);   (BST)

Status
In progress
Type
Project
Start Date
End Date
Researchers
Russell LelandPrincipal Investigator
Associated with 1 projects
Agencies
Roseburg District BLM RAC $ 80,000.00USDEstimates

Funding 1 projects for a total of $80,000.00
The Oregon DEQ $ 20,750.00USDEstimates

Funding 1 projects for a total of $20,750.00
Elk Creek Watershed Council $ 0.00USDEstimates

Funding 1 projects for a total of $0.00
Scope of Study
Field Investigation
Laboratory Investigation
Resource Being Monitored
Human Health

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