Rio Grande Basin Initiative

2005-06 Deliverables

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

  1. From July 2005 to June 2006, analyze a minimum of 48 Rio Grande irrigation water samples from three targeted sampling sites in the El Paso/Sunland Park, NM/Juarez area for the pathogens Cryptosporidium and Giardia and indicator organisms.
  2. From July 2005 to June 2006, positive Cryptosporidium and Giardia samples will be analyzed by DNA genotyping and the potential host of origin (e.g. humans, cattle, birds) and risk to humans and animals 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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