Thanks to the support of our Partnership and contributions from the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board, Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority and the City of Kyle, sampling is currently underway in the Plum Creek watershed to better understand the complexity and primary sources of bacteria loading in Plum Creek.

A 12-month bacterial source tracking study will be examining the DNA signature of fecal bacterial found in Plum Creek.

HERE IS WHERE YOU COME IN!

We need fecal samples from a variety of animal species (including Homo sapiens) in the watershed to refine our DNA library. Lucas Gregory, a research scientist with the Texas Water Resources Institute and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, will be leading a team to collect samples.

We need volunteers to allow the team access to collect fecal samples from the following:

Human – Wastewater Treatment Facility (8)
Human – Septic System (8)
Cattle (6)
Horses (2)
Sheep (1)
Goats (1)
Chickens (2)
Turkeys (2)
Feral Hogs (10)
Various small and medium mammals (10)
NOTE: Sampling will be completed discretely and your privacy will be protected. Due to laboratory processing times, sampling needs to take place on Mondays.

SO, IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE A PART OF THIS CRITICALLY IMPORTANT STUDY TO SHAPE THE FUTURE OF WATERSHED PROTECTION IN PLUM CREEK, PLEASE RESPOND TO THIS EMAIL WITH:

(1) YOUR NAME
(2) BEST WAY TO CONTACT YOU
(3) TYPE OF SAMPLE YOU COULD PROVIDE
Thank you so much for your continued support!

Sincerely,

Nick Dornak
Plum Creek Watershed Partnership
http://plumcreek.tamu.edu/
(512)213-7389