Source Molecular Corporation once again makes an appearance at the annual conference hosted by the California Stormwater Quality Association (CASQA). The 12th CASQA conference was held on September 12 to 14, 2016, at Paradise Point in San Diego with the theme “Stormwater Evolution: Source to Resource”.
Source Molecular’s Grace Anderson joined more than 1,000 professionals in the stormwater field to participate in the three-day event featuring stormwater-focused training workshops, presentations, and exhibits. Attendees include local, state, and federal decision makers, stormwater program coordinators, contractors, consultants, engineers, lawyers, scientists, and planners.-endpar-
Part of Source Molecular’s signature poster depicting caricatures of potential pollution sources was included in the presentation made by Martha Sutula of Southern California Coastal Water Research Project (SCCWRP) on “Quantifying Natural Background Concentrations of Fecal Indicator Bacteria at Reference Streams, Beaches, and Estuaries: A Primer”. The presentation is part of a full-day workshop on Bacteria Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) and Compliance Training.
Source Molecular has great interest in stormwater issues because its microbial source tracking (MST) technology can help stormwater managers find out whether they are discharging untreated sewage into water systems. Ms. Anderson met up with clients, former clients and potential clients attending the conference to check up on the status of their bacteria source tracking projects.
Permittees are often blamed for pollution problems in waterbodies where they are discharging and face steep fines. Permittees can use results of MST analysis as evidence or proof that they are in compliance with their permits and they are not responsible for the pollution in the waterbody. If they are at fault, results of MST analysis can help narrow down the specific storm drain that needs to be fixed and do away with an untargeted multimillion-dollar repair project.
Source Molecular, the nation’s leader in the field of microbial source tracking, has a strong presence in California. It has helped and is helping numerous cities and municipalities with their fecal pollution problems. The laboratory is also in the California Environmental Data Exchange Network (CEDEN), a State Water Resources Control Board’s database for housing surface water quality related data. Source Molecular also works closely with scientists from SCCWRP in various research and development projects.