WATER RESOURCES RESEARCH GRANT PROPOSAL
Project ID: 2005MA52B
Title: Sources of E. coli during Wet-Weather Events
Project Type: Research
Focus Categories: Sediments, Non Point Pollution, Models
Keywords: E. coli, pathogens, source water protection
Start Date: 03/01/2005
End Date: 02/28/2006
Federal Funds: $25,000
Non-Federal Matching Funds: $35,163
Congressional Districts: MA 2 & 3
Recent waterborne disease outbreaks in North America point to the need for watershed-based source water protection. However, information regarding the sources, survival and pathways of pathogens is not readily available for water managers.
This investigation aims to monitor the fate and transport of E. coli at a watershed-scale in the Blackstone River watershed in Massachusetts.
The proposed research will provide a greater mechanistic understanding of the fate and transport of E. coli, a primary microbial indicator of water quality. The expected results of this investigation include a better understanding of the environmental factors leading to higher numbers of pathogenic microorganisms in rivers and streams, as well as more detailed information on potential sources of pathogens within a complex watershed. This study will provide water managers and regulators with reliable information to help them develop strategies for source water protection for drinking water and for other important uses of the watershed such as recreation.