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Water in KentuckyNatural History, Communities, and Conservation$
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Brian D. Lee, Daniel I. Carey, and Alice L. Jones

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780813168685

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813168685.001.0001

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Who Pooped and How It Was Found

Who Pooped and How It Was Found

One Scientist’s Story of Source Tracking Fecal Bacteria in an Inner Bluegrass Watershed

(p.189) Chapter Eighteen Who Pooped and How It Was Found
Water in Kentucky

Tricia Coakley

University Press of Kentucky

Tracking the sources of fecal pollution in Kentucky streams is an important task to allow for removal of the associated pollution. Modern molecular biology techniques, analyzing the DNA of fecal bacteria, provide cost effective methods and make fecal source tracking possible for municipalities and non-profit organizations. This is a story of the use of these methods by a collaboration of stakeholders to solve a real world fecal pollution problem in Lexington, Kentucky.

Keywords:   fecal DNA, Bacteriodes, Bacteriodales, sewage, fecal pollution, storm water, cross connection, overflow, sewage leak

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