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Research Project: Transport/Fate/Exposure of Manure-Borne Indicators/Pathogens at Plot/Field/Watershed Scales

Location: Environmental Microbial & Food Safety Laboratory

Project Number: 8042-12630-011-26-I
Project Type: Interagency Reimbursable Agreement

Start Date: Sep 25, 2014
End Date: Sep 30, 2018

Objective:
To develop and demonstrate the methodology of coupling microbial fate and transport models in agricultural watersheds and in freshwater reservoirs for purposes of diagnostics, monitoring, forecast, and mitigation of microbial impairment.

Approach:
The plan is to develop data dictionaries and spatio-temporal synchronization to achieve automated seamless information exchange between watershed microbial water quality models and models of freshwater microbial water quality. To test the methodology, advantage will be taken of the existing unique US EPA water monitoring program at and around beaches at the Great Lakes as well as USGS and EPA monitoring of streams and water treatment plants at watersheds controlling microbial fluxes to beach areas. Data on fate and transport of multiple phages will be coupled with hydrologic and management data. Process-based models will be used to provide the transferability of the technology.