Storm drains are sources of human fecal pollution during dry weather in three urban southern California watersheds.

@article{Sercu2009StormDA,
  title={Storm drains are sources of human fecal pollution during dry weather in three urban southern California watersheds.},
  author={Bram Sercu and Laurie C. Van De Werfhorst and Jill L. S. Murray and Patricia A. Holden},
  journal={Environmental science & technology},
  year={2009},
  volume={43 2},
  pages={293-8}
}
Coastal urbanized areas in Southern California experience frequent beach water quality warnings in summer due to high concentrations of fecal indicator bacteria (FIB). Remediation can be difficult, as sources are often unknown. During two summers, we sampled three urbanized watersheds in Santa Barbara, CA at sites with historically high FIB concentrations to determine if human fecal matter was influencing water quality. By quantification of a human-specific Bacteroides marker (HBM), human waste… CONTINUE READING

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