Russian River Pathogen Project Phase I

Russian River Pathogen Project Phase I

 The goal of the project is to design the most efficient forensic and real-time monitoring and evaluation program for the Russian River watershed to identify: 1) potential primary sources of potentially pathogenic fecal bacteria (e.g., dairies, municipal waste/runoff, recreational sites), 2) potential secondary sources (e.g., benthic sediments, periphyton, side channels, stock ponds), and 3) contributing factors (e.g., agricultural fertilizer, managed flows, water temperature, available organic material). The proposed evaluation program will resolve spatio-temporal issues, problems with source identification, potential load allocations, and factors that contribute to in-stream exacerbation or remediation of the problem. The program will be designed to support TMDL planning and implementation.