Fecal contamination of the environment poses a potential public health risk and contributes to increased water treatment costs. Although some indices may be able to target potential contamination sources, the origin of the contamination is often hard to pin down. This makes it a challenge to come up with detection tools to use in protecting and restoring contaminated water bodies and to access objective data in the event of water quality disputes. This project will develop a procedure that relies on genetic markers to identify the animal species responsible for fecal contamination. By identifying contamination sources, we will be able to formulate recommendations, along with a specific and effective regulatory framework. In addition, this information will be available to inspectors as scientific evidence in legal proceedings.
From 2019 to 2023
Water protection, Environmental regulations
The procedure will be used to identify the animal species that contribute to waterway contamination.
Ministère de l'Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques
The aim of this project is to show that efforts made to better distribute phosphorus on the land are effective and that the indicators used to determine phosphorus saturation thresholds are correlated with soil phosphorus balance and dynamics.
Researcher: Marc-Olivier Gasser
Based on previous work conducted at IRDA and our team’s expertise, this project looks to finalize the development of a robust and cost-effective swine slurry bioconversion system.
Researcher: Stéphane Godbout
Stored pig manure is a major source of greenhouse gases. The main objective of this project was to demonstrate the long-term performance of a biofilter.