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Research Project: Occurrence of Veterinary Pharmaceuticals and Metabolites in a Groundwater Discharge Waterway

Location: Meat Safety & Quality Research

Project Number: 3040-42000-018-04-S
Project Type: Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Jul 1, 2017
End Date: Mar 31, 2019

Objective:
Determine the impact of beef production on occurrence of veterinary antibiotics in associated waterways.

Approach:
There is a groundwater discharge channel that runs for 7 miles through the USMARC property, traversing pastures and crop fields. The occurrence of veterinary antibiotics in the channel will be evaluated. The University of Nebraska will deploy Polar Organic Chemical Integrative Samplers (POCIS) devices simultaneously at several stations along the channel, at six different time periods. At the end of each time period, the POCIS devices will be retrieved and processed for analysis. POCIS extracts will be analyzed for a variety of antibiotics that are commonly used in animal production. The USDA-ARS will provide information regarding land usage, and livestock and farming activities in the watershed and at locations upstream from the POCIS stations.