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Microbial Source Tracking Study for South Cypress Creek (Memphis, Tennessee)

The microbial source tracking project for South Cypress Creek was   comprised of six basic elements:  - Creek sample collection  - Local lab analysis for fecal coliform  - DNA isolation and analysis  - Scat (source) sample collection  - Scat (source) sample DNA isolation and analysis  - Final report preparation    Findings:   1. The primary sources of fecal contributions to the creek were   avian and wild animal sources.  2. The fact that several isolate sources were unknown did not appear   to skew the results, since there appeared to be fairly evenly   distributed both temporally (each day of sampling had a few unknown  samples) and over the fecal coliform results (each results group had   a few unknown samples).  3. The City has been conducting an aggressive water pollution public   education program for several years, including information about the   need for pet owners to pick up after their dogs. Thus, while  there is no historical data about the contribution of pet waste to   the fecal coliform levels in the creek, the results of this study   show that the impact is currently very low.  4. The Human source category (comprised of human and raw sewage   identified sources) was a relatively small overall contributor to   the identified sources in the creek.    (microbial source tracking); (MST); (bacterial source tracking);   (BST)

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Scope of Study
Field Investigation
Laboratory Investigation
Resource Being Monitored
Emission / Release / Discharge / Waste Management
Human Health

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