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SUNY Poly professors closer to find source of Mohawk River fecal contamination

The contamination is believed to be caused in part by the city of Utica’s combined sewer system.

Posted: Jul 3, 2019 5:48 PM

MARCY, N.Y. -- Two professors at SUNY Poly are one step closer to finding the source of fecal contamination in the Utica area of the Mohawk River.

Doctor Carolyn Rodak of civil engineering and Doctor Lauren Endres of biology recently received a $20,000 grant funded by the New York State Water Resources Institute at Cornell University and the state DEC after applying for it last fall.

The contamination is believed to be caused in part by the city of Utica’s combined sewer system.

Researchers will then compare the results sampled against those from Rome’s separate sewage system as a sort of controlled experiment.

The water resources research grant will allow Rodak and Endres to continue their research of the watershed throughout December 2020.

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