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Knowledge Area: Pathogens and Human Health
WERF's Waterborne Pathogens and Human Health Research Program has provided state-of-the-art methods, relevant and accurate data, and tools to evaluate potential human health risk from waterborne microbes. The results support wastewater and stormwater management decisions and inform the regulatory structure and implementation requirements being considered by the U.S. EPA for the 2012 ambient recreational water quality criteria. Key areas of research include rapid methods for monitoring pathogen indicators, risk assessment tools, source tracking microorganisms, and indicators in inland, tropical, and subtropical waters. View the program's research summary.