A professor at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s School of Freshwater Sciences has received a four-year, $1.5 million federal grant to seek better ways of assessing water pollution along rivers and beaches in urban areas.
The professor, Sandra McLellan, will use the money from the National Institutes of Health for work involving DNA sequencing. Her team has been using the technology to pin down the source of microorganisms, in order to determine whether contamination comes from birds, dogs, cows, wildlife or humans.
This will help scientists better track sewage contamination and waterborne disease threats.
Previous work by McLellan contributed to the cleanup of Bradford Beach in Milwaukee.
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