Brandon Steets and Jared Ervin Coauthored a Paper on Pathogens in Urban Stormwater Systems in the Journal of Sustainable Water in the Built Environment
Brandon Steets, P.E., and Jared Ervin, Ph.D., (California) coauthored a paper entitled "Pathogens in Urban Stormwater Systems: Where Are We Now?" published in the February 2022 issue of the Journal of Sustainable Water in the Built Environment.
Jane Clary, Wright Water Engineers, was the lead author, and Chris Olsen, Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE, Wright Water Engineers, was an additional coauthor.
Brandon Steets is a Senior Principal Engineer based in California with more than 20 years of experience in National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) and Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) regulations, water quality modeling and monitoring, pollutant source investigation, and stormwater best management practices planning and design. He is a subject matter expert on bacteria/pathogen issues, advancing the state of the practice by serving as a member of California State Water Resources Control Board Clean Beaches Task Force, leading studies, and publishing articles and developing guidance documents.
Jared Ervin is a Senior Professional based in California with more than 16 years of experience focused on pollutant source tracking, surface and groundwater quality, advanced forensic tools, and environmental microbiology. Jared is currently leading multiple water quality and pollutant source tracking investigations in California and across the country, and has extensive experience designing studies; managing sampling and laboratory analyses; and interpreting data to produce conclusive and scientifically defensible results and recommendations that lead to implementable actions to improve water quality and comply with permits.
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Pathogens, based on elevated fecal indicator bacteria, continue to be the most common cause of waterbody impairments nationally, with over 10,000 impairments, suggesting that bacteria TMDLs will continue to be developed and implemented nationwide. This forum paper revisits the list of eight applied research and policy needs identified in Pathogens in Urban Stormwater Systems and briefly assesses progress and ongoing research needs in several of these areas, notably SCM performance and advances in microbial source tracking.
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