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Microbial Source Tracking in Aquatic Ecosystems: The State of the Science and an Assessment of Needs
- 1. Proceedings Information
- 2. Publishing Information
- 3. Workshop Summary
- 4. Introduction
- 5. Microbial Source Tracking Overview
- 6. Microbial Source Tracking Activities
- 7. Microbial Source Tracking Science Assessment
- 8. Microbial Source Tracking Needs Assessment
- 9. MST "Drivers" in Canada
- 10. Conclusions
- 11. Key References
- 12. Appendix A - List of Workshop Participants
- 13. Appendix B - Workshop Agenda
Fecal pollution of aquatic ecosystems is a significant problem in many areas across Canada and there is a growing need for a science-based approach to determine its sources. Identifying the correct fecal pollution source can help mediate conflicts between stakeholders in communities, and help target appropriate, cost-effective, corrective actions to prevent future pollution. Microbial source tracking (MST) is an emerging field that offers considerable promise for determining the source of fecal pollution.
An MST worksho p w as held in Toronto on March 7-8, 2005 , to review the state of MST science and its readiness for widespread application across Canada . This workshop report outlines: the state of the science; current MST activities in Canada , the U.S. and internationally; and an assessment of fecal pollution source tracking needs and policy “drivers” in Canada .
For more information on Microbial Source Tracking in Aquatic Ecosystems: The State of Science and an Assessment of Needs or other reports in the NWRI Scientific Assessment Report Series, please contact Environment Canada’s Science and Technology Liaison Division at S&TLiaison@ec.gc.ca
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