EM-111 Bacterial Source Tracking: Learn why Bacterial Source Tracking is the foremost tool for identifying sources of fecal pollution

Authors: G. Di Giovanni, L. Lee, B. VanDelist

There are 273 bacterially impaired water bodies in Texas. Identifying and assessing sources of these bacteria — E. coli, Enterococcus, fecal coliforms — is critical to properly determining risk to water recreation, developing effective watershed restoration strategies such as watershed protection plans (WPPs) and total maximum daily loads (TMDLs), and efficiently targeting management measures.