Title

Employing Microbial Source Tracking Tools to Determine the Origin of Fecal Pollution in Missouri Waterways

Presenter Information

Tommy Goodwin

Department

Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Major

Environmental Engineering / Biological Sciences

Research Advisor

Oerther, Daniel B.

Advisor's Department

Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Funding Source

Mathes Chair of Environmental Engineering

Abstract

According to the 305(b) report released by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources in 2010, approximately 8% of the total or nearly 2,000 miles of classified streams in the State of Missouri are impaired with bacterial contamination. Approximately 100 miles are impaired due to point source wastewater discharge, and the remaining stream miles are impaired by a combination of non-point sources including agricultural runoff and animal husbandry operations. To determine the origin of bacterial contamination in streams, microbial source tracking tools can be employed. Building upon the prior results of our research team, this study is using 16S rRNA-targeted methods to identify sequence signatures corresponding to likely human fecal contamination as compared to wild life and livestock. These methods are being used to evaluate putative threats to human and environmental health due to bacterial contamination of Missouri streams.

Biography

Tommy is a third year student at Missouri University of Science and Technology dual majoring in Environmental Engineering and Biological Sciences with a minor in Chemistry. Tommy wishes to continue with Missouri S&T research and the process of biological remediation with his degree from Missouri S&T. His interests are in the biologically relevant areas of environmental engineering. Tommy is currently a member of Helix (an academic/social biological sciences organization).

Research Category

Engineering

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Document Type

Poster

Location

Upper Atrium/Hallway

Presentation Date

10 Apr 2012, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Comments

Joint project with Melissa Buechlein

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Employing Microbial Source Tracking Tools to Determine the Origin of Fecal Pollution in Missouri Waterways

Upper Atrium/Hallway

According to the 305(b) report released by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources in 2010, approximately 8% of the total or nearly 2,000 miles of classified streams in the State of Missouri are impaired with bacterial contamination. Approximately 100 miles are impaired due to point source wastewater discharge, and the remaining stream miles are impaired by a combination of non-point sources including agricultural runoff and animal husbandry operations. To determine the origin of bacterial contamination in streams, microbial source tracking tools can be employed. Building upon the prior results of our research team, this study is using 16S rRNA-targeted methods to identify sequence signatures corresponding to likely human fecal contamination as compared to wild life and livestock. These methods are being used to evaluate putative threats to human and environmental health due to bacterial contamination of Missouri streams.