SCCWRP to Discuss Digital PCR at Feb. 18 SoCal Beach Meeting
02/05/2015

The February 18, 2015, Southern California Beach Meeting in Costa Mesa will include a discussion on Digital Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) technology.

Online PR News – 05-February-2015 – Miami – Dr. Yiping Cao of the Southern California Coastal Water Research Project (SCCWRP) will be discussing the application of Digital Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) technology in water quality monitoring at the Southern California Beach Meeting this February 18, 2015, in Costa Mesa.

The SCCWRP recently published a research paper entitled “Droplet digital PCR for simultaneous quantification of general and human-associated fecal indicators for water quality assessment”. Droplet Digital PCR is an advanced technology that provides absolute quantification of the target DNA, allowing water managers to know not only the source of fecal pollution but also exactly how much fecal bacteria is in the water.

Source Molecular Corporation will be attending the Southern California Beach Meeting taking great interest in the Digital PCR presentation as it was one of the laboratories that provided support to the SCCWRP researchers in their inter-laboratory research study on the use of Droplet Digital PCR to monitor environmental contaminants in water.

With its great familiarity in implementing this technology, Source Molecular is offering a Droplet Digital PCR service on large projects requiring identification of the source of fecal pollution in water samples.

The meeting will also tackle an Overview of EPA Technical Support Material for 2012 Recreational Water Quality Criteria by Jeff Soller of Soller Environmental; Channel Islands Harbor Beaches: Update on Bacteria Water Quality and TMDL implementation by Bram Sercu of Ventura County; and BeachWatch 2.0 Preliminary demo by Jonnel Medina of the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB).

The Southern California Beach Meeting agenda also made reference to Source Molecular’s presentation on the developments of Microbial Source Tracking (MST) at the webinar hosted by the California Water Quality Monitoring Collaboration Network (WQMCN) on January 15, 2015, and a link to the video California's Source ID Manual, and US EPA tests: Developments in Microbial Source Tracking by Mauricio Larenas and Grace Anderson was shared.

Southern California Beach Meeting

Date/Time: Wednesday, February 18, 2014, 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Location: Southern California Coastal Water Research Project, 3535 Harbor Boulevard, Suite 110, Costa Mesa, CA 92626-1437; Tel. No. (714) 755-3200
Directions: http://www.sccwrp.org/ContactUs/Directions.aspx
Contact: Michael W. Gjerde, Engineering Geologist, Ocean Standards Unit, State Water Resources Control Board, Michael.gjerde@waterboards.ca.gov

Future meeting dates for 2015 are May 20, August 19, and November 18.

Source Molecular Corporation is a private commercial laboratory founded in 2002 with a mission to fill the void between source identification research and real-world implementation of the technology. Throughout the years, the Source Molecular microbiology laboratory has analyzed samples for hundreds of industrial plants, watershed management groups, state/federal government agencies, universities and engineering firms making it the leader in the Microbial Source Tracking (MST) industry. By providing commercial MST testing services, Source Molecular assists clients with recreational water quality monitoring and supports Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) development and implementation.