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Molecular and culture analysis methods are paired with sampling capabilities across environmental matrices to address a wide range of questions and problems.

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Year Published: 2020

Viral, bacterial, and protozoan pathogens and fecal markers in wells supplying groundwater to public water systems in Minnesota, USA

Drinking water supply wells can be contaminated by a broad range of waterborne pathogens. However, groundwater assessments frequently measure microbial indicators or a single pathogen type, which provides a limited characterization of potential health risk. This study assessed contamination of wells by testing for viral, bacterial, and protozoan...

Stokdyk, Joel P.; Firnstahl, Aaron; Walsh, James F. ; Spencer, Susan K.; de Lambert, Jane R.; Anderson, Anita C.; Rezania, Lih-in W.; Kieke, Burney A; Borchardt, Mark A.

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Septic systems and rainfall influence human fecal markers and indicator organisms occurrence in private wells in southeastern Pennsylvania

In the United States approximately 48 million people are served by private wells. Unlike public water systems, private well water quality is not monitored and there are few studies on the extent and sources of contamination of private wells. We extensively investigated five private wells to understand the variability in microbial contamination,...

Murphy, Heather; McGinnis, Shannon; Blunt, Ryan; Stokdyk, Joel P.; Wu, Jingwei; Cagle, Alexander; Denno, Donna; Spencer, Susan K.; Firnstahl, Aaron; Borchardt, Mark A.

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Year Published: 2019

Laboratory for Infectious Disease and the Environment (LIDE)

The Laboratory for Infectious Disease and the Environment (LIDE) studies the occurrence, fate and transport, and health effects of human and agricultural zoonotic pathogens in the environment. The LIDE is an interagency collaborative effort between the U.S. Geological Survey and the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service that...

Stokdyk, Joel P.; Bruce, Jennifer L.; Burch, Tucker R.; Spencer, Susan K.; Firnstahl, Aaron; Borchardt, Mark A.
Stokdyk, J.P., Bruce, J.L,, Burch, T.R., Spencer, S.K., Firnstahl, A.D., and Borchardt, M.A., 2019, Laboratory for Infectious Disease and the Environment (LIDE): U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2018-3079, 4 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20183079.