General Water Quality

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Water pollution problems in the Los Angles region can be severe. Not only is public health at risk but also the health of marine ecosystems because intense urban development, runoff from streets and surfaces transports untreated contaminants directly into the ocean severely impacting the health of the near shore and coastal ecosystem. In addition, the Southern California region has one of the largest sewage effluent systems in the country contributing more than 1 billion gallons of treated wastewater to the ocean daily. USC Sea Grant funded research has over the last decade examined both the contents and the fate of the urban runoff plumes in local coastal waters, and developed unique technology and partnerships to track these plumes along the coastline. Other research has focused on developing new and rapid methods to test for enteroviruses in coastal water to facilitate public safety managers.

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Healthy Coastal Ecosystems