Rio Grande Basin Initiative

2004-05 Deliverables

Task 6 Research
Principal Investigator(s): George Di Giovanni

  1. From July 2004 to June 2005, analyze a minimum of 48 Rio Grande irrigation water samples from two targeted sampling sites in the El Paso/Sunland Park, NM/Juarez area for the pathogens Cryptosporidium and Giardia and indicator organisms.
  2. From July 2004 to June 2005, positive Cryptosporidium and Giardia samples will be analyzed by DNA genotyping and the potential host of origin (e.g. humans, cattle, birds) will be identified.
  3. Results of the study will be published through the Texas Water Resources Institute in peer reviewed journals (e.g. Applied and Environmental Microbiology), presented at local and national meetings (e.g. American Society for Microbiology), and discussed with local and regional stakeholder groups for community outreach.
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