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Microbial Source Tracking in Aquatic Ecosystems: The State of the Science and an Assessment of Needs

Appendix B - Workshop Agenda

Linking Water Science to Policy Workshop
Microbial Source Tracking in Aquatic Ecosystems:The State of the Science and an Assessment of Needs

Council Chambers, Toronto Metro Hall 55 John Street, Toronto, Ontario March 7-8, 2005

DAY 1 - "MST Science Assessment"

8:30 am - Welcome

MST Overview

8:35 - Workshop overview
Dr. Tom Edge, Environment Canada, National Water Research Institute, Burlington , Ontario

9:00 - Towards the identification of fecal pollution sources
Dr. Jorge Santo Domingo, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Cincinnati,Ohio

9:30 - FST needs for WHO Water Safety Plans: chemicals or microbials?
Dr. Nick Ashbolt, University of New South Wales, Sydney,Australia

10:00 - Coffee

MST Science Assessment (state of science and readiness for widespread application)

10:30 - National Water Quality Surveillance Program: A research platform for MST
Dr. Ed Topp, Agriculture and Agri-FoodCanada, London,Ontario

11:00 - 2003 SCCWRP MST Method Evaluation Study: Validation or Calibration?
Dr. John Griffith, Southern CaliforniaCoastal Research Project, Westminster,California

11:30 - Evaluation of library-dependent, Escherichia coli -based microbial source tracking
Dr. Don Stoeckel, U.S. Geological Survey, Columbus , Ohio

12:00 - Lunch

13:00 - Use of microarrays for bacterial source tracking: problems and perspectives
Dr. Roland Brousseau, National Research Council,Montreal , Quebec

13:30 - Using the Waterborne Parasites Cryptosporidium and Giardia as Microbial Source Tracking Agents
Dr. Norm Neumann, Provincial Lab,Calgary, Alberta

14:00 - Source-tracking: moving away from microbes
Dr. Pierre Payment, Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS), Laval, Quebec

14:30 - coffee

MST Case Studies (evaluation of MST challenges and limitations)

14:45 Identifying, Confirming, and Mitigating Sources of Fecal Pollution in Water
Dr. Chuck Hagedorn, Virginia Tech,Blacksburg, Virginia

15:30 Beach closure case study (small-scale urban)
Ted Bowering, Toronto Water and Dr. Tom Edge, NWRI, Burlington, Ontario

15:50 Fecal Pollution of Shoreline Waters of Southeastern Lake Huron: The challenge of understandingwhere it comes from
Dr. Todd Howell, Ontario Ministry of the Environment,Toronto, Ontario

16:10 Association Between Zoonotic Bacterial Pathogens and Bacteroides-Prevotella Human and Ruminant
Faecal Markers in the Oldman River Basin in Southern Alberta
Dr. Vic Gannon, Public Health Agency of Canada, Lethbridge,Alberta

16:30 - 17:00 - Plenary discussion of case studies

DAY 2 - "MST Needs Assessment"

Summary of the State of the Science

8:30 Short summary of the state of the science (based on Day 1)

9:00 Results from the WERF MST workshop February 16-18, 2005
Dr. Paul Rochelle, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, La Verne,California

Plenary discussion of the state of MST science

10:00 - Coffee

Fecal Pollution Source Tracking Needs Assessment (trends, challenges, mitigation)

10:30 Assessment of urban wet-weather flow sources of fecal contamination: stormwater and combined seweroverflows (CSOs)
Dr. Jiri Marsalek, Environment Canada, National Water Research Institute,Burlington, Ontario

11:00 Distribution and Population Trends of Canadian Livestock
Katrin Nagelschmitz, Strategic Policy Branch, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

11:30 Wildlife source assessment - (TBC)

12:00 - Lunch 

13:00 - Panel on MST Water Quality "Drivers" in Canada

Short (5 minute) presentations & discussion on fecal pollution source tracking needs, pressures, regulatory "drivers" and/or research needs from the municipal, conservation authority, provincial and federal government perspectives.

Panel Participants
Will Robertson - Water Quality and Health Bureau, HealthCanada
TBC - Agriculture andAgri-Food Canada
TBC - EnvironmentCanada
Renée Bowler - Drinking Water Management Division, OMOE
Norm Neumann - Provincial Lab,Alberta
Michael D'Andrea - TorontoWater, City of Toronto
Tim Van Seters - Water Quality and Monitoring, TRCA

Next Steps

14:30 - Workshop summary and identification of next steps

15:00 - Workshop wrap-up

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