Event Title

A Multifaceted Study of the Condition of the Jordan River

Presenter Information

Kristen Yeager

Location

Eccles Conference Center

Event Website

http://water.usu.edu/

Start Date

3-29-2011 10:00 AM

End Date

3-29-2011 10:05 AM

Description

This project is the start of an ongoing multifaceted and interdisciplinary investigation of the Jordan River. Samples of water from the Jordan River and adjacent ponds, riparian vegetation such as cattails, and riparian area soils have been collected along the course of the river from Utah Lake to the Great Salt Lake for studying the overall condition of the river, as well as with specific reference to sites where there may be waste and contaminants. GPS points of sample locations were taken and ArcGIS has been implemented to both map these locations and perform spatial analysis. At present, samples from along the full course have been examined with respect to temperature and dissolved oxygen at the sampling point. Two river, one pond and one cattail sample have been analyzed by ICP-MS for 20 different metals. The results of these initial measurements are discussed and presented geospatially. Parallel to this work, a study of bacterial types has commenced where the technique of Quantitative Polymerase Chain Reaction (qPCR) and degenerate oligonucleotide primers specific for 16S ribosomal RNA genes, is used to monitor the total number of bacteria per unit volume of water. Subsequently a newly developed technique for high resolution melting and reannealing of their qPCR products to monitor the relative diversity of bacterial types in the water samples will be employed.

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Mar 29th, 10:00 AM Mar 29th, 10:05 AM

A Multifaceted Study of the Condition of the Jordan River

Eccles Conference Center

This project is the start of an ongoing multifaceted and interdisciplinary investigation of the Jordan River. Samples of water from the Jordan River and adjacent ponds, riparian vegetation such as cattails, and riparian area soils have been collected along the course of the river from Utah Lake to the Great Salt Lake for studying the overall condition of the river, as well as with specific reference to sites where there may be waste and contaminants. GPS points of sample locations were taken and ArcGIS has been implemented to both map these locations and perform spatial analysis. At present, samples from along the full course have been examined with respect to temperature and dissolved oxygen at the sampling point. Two river, one pond and one cattail sample have been analyzed by ICP-MS for 20 different metals. The results of these initial measurements are discussed and presented geospatially. Parallel to this work, a study of bacterial types has commenced where the technique of Quantitative Polymerase Chain Reaction (qPCR) and degenerate oligonucleotide primers specific for 16S ribosomal RNA genes, is used to monitor the total number of bacteria per unit volume of water. Subsequently a newly developed technique for high resolution melting and reannealing of their qPCR products to monitor the relative diversity of bacterial types in the water samples will be employed.

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