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Assessment of Bacterial Sources Impacting Lake Waco and Belton Lake

Project Goals/Objectives: The objective of this project was to develop publicly available and comprehensively characterized genetic fingerprint and antibiotic resistance libraries of unique E. coli bacteria isolates for determining the animal or human NPS contamination of surface water. These BST libraries were applied to classify E. coli isolated from ambient water samples from Lake Waco and Lake Belton and their main tributaries, the Bosque and Leon Rivers, to identify the likely sources of bacterial contamination. The project final report includes an assessment and comparison of four different BST methodologies and makes recommendations on Texas-appropriate BST methodologies.

Project Location: Lakes Waco and Belton Watesheds.

Project Participant(s): Texas Farm Bureau, Texas Agricultural Experiment Station at El Paso, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, Texas A&M University, Parsons, Brazos River Authority, and City of Waco

Project Final Report: 02-10 

Project QAPP: 02-10

Project Work Plan: 02-10

"Protecting and Enhancing Natural Resources since 1939."

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