Date of Submission

Spring 2020

Academic Program

Environmental and Urban Studies

Project Advisor 1

Eli Dueker

Abstract/Artist's Statement

Antibiotic resistance is an increasingly researched topic along with concerns regarding emerging organic contaminants. Antibiotic resistance is a risk to public health and therefore a better method for tracking antibiotics and antibiotic resistance is needed to develop regulations and protect the public. Several studies have shown that the use of class 1 Integrons and fecal indicator bacteria (FIB) prove effective for conducting these tests. This study aimed to assess the extent to which FIB and Integrons were present in the Saw Kill and Rhinebeck Kill creeks and serve as effective indicators of antibiotic resistance. The results show that there were no statistical differences in environmental variables and FIB concentrations between sites. Because this study was cut short, the presence of Integrons and antibiotic resistance were not measured; however, samples were stored for DNA extraction at a later date.

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