Antibiotics in Minnesota Waters - Phase II - Mississippi River

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$203,000
Fund Source
Environment & Natural Resources Trust Fund
Recipient
University of St. Thomas
Recipient Type
Private College/University
Status
Completed
Start Date
July 2013
End Date
June 2016
Counties Affected
Anoka
Dakota
Goodhue
Hennepin
Ramsey
Sherburne
Stearns
Wabasha
Wright
Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2013, Chp. 52, Sec. 2, Subd. 05h
Appropriation Language

$203,000 the first year is from the trust fund to the commissioner of natural resources for an agreement with the University of St. Thomas to measure antibiotic concentrations and antibiotic resistance levels and assess the contributions of farm runoff and wastewater treatment in a portion of the Mississippi River. This appropriation is available until June 30, 2016, by which time the project must be completed and final products delivered.

2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$203,000
Other Funds Leveraged
$0
Direct expenses
$203,000
Number of full time equivalents funded
3.22
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

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Measurable Outcome(s)

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Description of Funds
ENRTF
Project Overview

The occurrences of contaminants including antibiotics, other pharmaceuticals, and personal care products in the environment have gained increasing attention in recent years because of their potential health and ecological impacts. However, serious gaps remain in our understanding of these contaminants and the significance of the threats they may pose, such as to drinking water. Through this appropriation scientists at the University of St. Thomas, Gustavus Adolphus College, and the University of Minnesota will continue work focused on the threats posed by antibiotics to understand which antibiotics are of the most concern – for example, because of their potential to increase antibiotic resistance – and to delineate their urban and rural sources. The first phase focused on antibiotics in the Minnesota River and this phase will focus on the Mississippi River. Findings will help develop strategies to manage threats and minimize future impacts posed by antibiotics to human and ecological health.

Project Manager
First Name
Kristine
Last Name
Wammer
Organization Name
St. Thomas University
Street Address
2115 Summit Ave, OSS 402
City
St. Paul
State
MN
Zip Code
55105
Phone
(651) 962-5574
Email
khwammer@stthomas.edu