Environmental Excellence Award

Texas AgriLife El Paso Research Cetner Receives State’s Top Award in Environmental Excellence

 

The Texas AgriLife El Paso Research Center received a 2007 Texas Environmental Excellence Award presented by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality for the bacterial source tracking research performed by Dr. George Di Giovanni and his research team. The research team included Dr. Di Giovanni’s postdoctoral student Dr. Elizabeth Casarez, Dr. Suresh Pillai at Texas A&M University, and Dr. Joanna Mott at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. The Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality sponsored two projects that used Dr. Di Giovanni’s team’s expertise and analysis to pinpoint whether agriculture activities, wildlife, or humans were responsible for particular bacteria found in specific watersheds. Using state-of-the-art DNA fingerprinting and antibiotic resistance typing methods for E. coli, they identified specific animal and human sources of fecal pollution from the watersheds of Lake Waco and Belton Lake, the Upper and Lower San Antonio River, Salado Creek, Leon River, and Peach Creek. In addition, the research team created a genetic library of E. coli bacteria isolated from known sources. Use of the library will save millions of dollars on future fecal pollution source tracking projects and will help in developing effective pollution control strategies to ensure water is drinkable and safe for all users.

 

 

TCEQ Feature video on BST Research (1 min 50 s)

* Award Acceptance Photo

* Senate Resolution Acceptance Photo

* Senate Resolution (0.3 MB)

* Texas AgriLife El Paso Environmental Microbiology Research Program

BST Research Partners and Collaborators:

* Texas Water Resources Institute

* Texas Farm Bureau

* Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board

* James Miertschin and Associates, Inc.

* Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

* Brazos River Authority

* U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

* City of Waco

* Parsons Engineering, Inc.

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