Source Molecular Corporation attended the 2017 EPA Region 6 Stormwater Conference held September 17-21, 2017, in San Antonio, Texas.
Haley Gershon of Source Molecular presented “Evidence-based guidelines for Microbial Source Tracking projects”. Ms. Gershon highlighted the advantages of microbial source tracking (MST) as opposed to traditional fecal indicator methods. When there are high levels of fecal bacteria in the water, MST can identify the source of the contamination.
Ms. Gershon, together with Jim Governor, met with various water managers from Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas at their exhibit booth. The EPA Region 6 Stormwater Conference attracted close to 400 participants.
Water Quality Concerns in Texas
The San Antonio River Authority and the City of San Antonio hosted the conference in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Texas A&M University Kingsville and the States of Region 6.
The 19th Annual Stormwater Workshop carried the theme, “Urban Waters, Green Infrastructure and Resilient Communities.”
Hillary Halderman of San Antonio River Authority also presented their own experience with MST. In particular, Ms. Halderman shared how their laboratory developed an impactful molecular biology program. She said bacteria source tracking is useful for stormwater management, particularly in pipe sampling and in pre/post BMP water quality testing.
David Gatterman of Southern Sandoval County Flood Control Authority discussed how they are monitoring for E. coli for the Middle Rio Grande Watershed-Based Permit. Aside from Mr. Gatterman, Patrick Chavez of Albuquerque Metropolitan Arroyo Flood Control and Kali Bronson of Bernalillo County also joined the presentation. Their results show that E. coli levels have exceeded in certain areas. They are planning to conduct a source tracking study as they revisit the Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) for the watershed.
Source Molecular can test for 13 different host sources and has a license to use EPA-patented assays, making it the best partner for MST projects. It has worked with hundreds of water managers across the country, helping them find solutions to their fecal pollution problems.