USPOULTRY and the USPOULTRY Foundation announce the completion of a funded research project at the University of Georgia, Athens, Ga., in which researchers question the role of poultry processing plants in stormwater bacterial contamination. The research is part of the Association’s comprehensive research program encompassing all phases of poultry and egg production and processing. A brief summary of the completed project is shown below. A complete report, along with information on other Association research, may be obtained by going to USPOULTRY’s website, www.uspoultry.org. The project summary is as follows.
Project #F064: Impact and Mitigation of Stormwater Runoff from Poultry Processing Plants
(Dr. Brian Kiepper, University of Georgia, Athens, Ga.)
Dr. Brian Kiepper and colleagues at the University of Georgia and the Georgia Tech Research Institute recently completed a research project where they determined the typical level of bacterial contamination found in surface water upstream from the site of a poultry processing plant. They found significant levels of coliform bacteria in streams prior to any stormwater runoff from poultry processing plants. These results indicate that the contribution of poultry processing plants to stream bacterial load may be overestimated.