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Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria in Flood-Impacted Urban Watersheds

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Dans le cadre des séminaires HSM
Salle de conférence de la Maison des Sciences de l’Eau, le vendredi 8 novembre 2019 à 13h15

Dr. Emily D. Garner, Assistant Professor, West Virginia University

Extreme flooding events have increased in both magnitude and frequency and are projected to continue to become more prevalent in the future.
Flooding is well documented to introduce fecal contamination into urban watersheds resulting from inadvertent discharges of waste via wastewater treatment plants, combined sewer overflows, agricultural lagoons, and surface runoff from agricultural and recreational sites.
Understanding the extent to which these sources of fecal contamination propagate antibiotic resistant pathogens in the environment and water resources is highly relevant to public health. In this seminar, I will present research monitoring antibiotic resistant bacteria in urban watersheds from sites across the U.S., including Virginia, Colorado, and Puerto Rico.
Research presented will focus on identifying sources of contamination in urban watersheds, exploring monitoring approaches, and investigating factors contributing to the fate and transport of antibiotic resistant bacteria.
Results of these studies have important implications for improving our understanding of potential environmental and public health impacts of contamination of urban watersheds as a result of flooding.