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Indirect faecal source tracking methods to elucidate critical sources and contaminant transfers through catchments - a review

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posted on 2024-06-21, 03:51 authored by Megan Devane, Louise Weaver, Shailesh Singh, Brent Gilpin
In New Zealand, there is substantial potential for microbial contaminants from agricultural fecal sources to be transported into waterways. Understanding contaminant transport pathways from catchment to stream can aid water management strategies. It is not practical to conduct direct field measurement for all catchments, so fecal source tracking can be utilised to link catchment characteristics to fecal signatures identifying critical sources. In this article, we have reviewed approaches to identifying critical sources and pathways for fecal microorganisms from agricultural sources, and make recommendations for the appropriate use of these fecal source tracking (FST) tools.

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Funded by the New Zealand Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment's Our Land and Water National Science Challenge (Toitū te Whenua, Toiora te Wai) as part of project Sources and Flows|Faecal Source Tracking

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Publication date

2018-05-07

Language

  • English

Does this contain Māori information or data?

  • No

Journal title

Journal of Environmental Management

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