Source Molecular Corporation participated in the 10th National Monitoring Conference held May 2-6, 2016, in Tampa, Florida.
The National Water Quality Monitoring Council planned and organized the biennial conference. The North American Lake Management Society co-sponsored and facilitated the event. Source Molecular had previously attended the 9th National Monitoring Conference held in Cincinnati, Ohio in 2014.
James Herrin represented Source Molecular at the conference. The event was attended by over 710 water-quality monitoring professionals from around the country. One of the topics featured at the conference was the latest approaches for monitoring harmful algae blooms, nutrients, and cyanobacteria. Moreover, speakers also discussed about assessing the quality of sensitive coastal areas and trends in water quality.
More than 300 oral presentations and 70 poster presentations at the conference as well as a wide variety of panels, workshops, exhibits, networking sessions and field trips. One of the presentations of interest to Source Molecular was Jordan Wilson of USGS’s “Microbial Source Tracking at a Freshwater Swimming Beach at Lake of the Ozarks State Park, Missouri.”
Mr. Herrin had much to share with fellow attendees particularly those from organizations dealing with high fecal bacteria counts in their water systems with unknown origins.
Source Molecular’s laboratory specializes in the identification of fecal sources using microbial source tracking (MST) techniques. Identifying the source is the first step to solving the fecal contamination problem. If it remained unresolved, it could pose a serious health risk for the public. In addition, it could also result in economic losses for industries relying on the water system.
Furthermore, Source Molecular is committed to helping scientists and water managers restore and improve water quality. The laboratory has worked with stakeholders across the country in various source identification projects. These results led to the crafting of more targetted remediation plans.
Moreover, there were interactive demonstrations of a wide range of products and services at the conference. Demonstrations include data portals, apps, software, and models provided close-up views of the latest developments in the monitoring community.