Fecal contamination of the environment poses a potential public health risk and contributes to increased water treatment costs. Although some indices may be able to target potential contamination sources, the origin of the contamination is often hard to pin down and makes it difficult to apply strategies to improve water quality. This project will develop a procedure that relies on genetic markers to identify the animal species responsible for fecal contamination. The procedure will also take into account both wildlife and livestock animal as well as human sources of contamination.
From 2019 to 2023
Water protection, Environmental regulations
The procedure will be used to identify the animal species that contribute to waterway contamination.
Ministère de l'Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques
Stored pig manure is a major source of greenhouse gases. The main objective of this project was to demonstrate the long-term performance of a biofilter.
This project is part of a broader effort to develop a descriptive grid of agricultural biomass residues to support decisions about how they can optimally be recovered.
Researcher: Stéphane Godbout