Thursday, October 6, 2011

Beach meeting fall 2011

Twice a year, the state of Ct and local health and the US EPA get together to discuss the beach monitoring program in CT.
This year we had an additional bonaus, a review of the latest National beach confrence, which discussed information on direction of the national program.
A quick synopsis:
Heavy on epidemilogical studies - mostly discounting the improvement of PCR techniques.
Heavy on relating illness to what ever source might be out there - human and animal.
Strong encoragement on pre-emptive beach closures (which Stamfrd has been using since 1989).
Strong associasion of illness, current indicator bacteria and illness in Urban run off settings (again the kind Stamford has).
I actually felt a bitvindicating since my work comes under fire often from the public, the political machine and some  times surperiors.
It was a good meeting.
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