We all know that dogs can help humans by using their amazing scenting abilities, such as finding missing persons and detecting bombs, narcotics, and arson materials. How they do it and how accurate they are, however, has been difficult to study scientifically. ECS has been fortunate to attract the attention of the scientific community to study our canines and their abilities to locate and source track human sewage.
The first study was funded and published by the Water Environment Research Foundataion (WERF) and conducted by the City of Santa Barbara Creeks Division and the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2010. Side-by-side lab testing for bacterial, chemical, and human DNA markers was done for the locations investigated by the canines. The final research report found:
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A follow up to the original WERF study was published in Water Environment Research in June 2014. That publication found:
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Many ECS clients are now conducting side-by-side sample collection and lab testing for bacterial, chemical, and/or human DNA indicators at sites prioritized by the ECS canine scenting results. The combined results are a powerful tool for locating or narrowing down illicit discharge locations and providing more comprehensive information for decision making.
ECS has currently completed over 70 sewage detection and source tracking projects in 14 different states for governmental agencies, Phase I and Phase II MS4s, municipalities and counties of all sizes, Indian Tribal organizations, environmental and conservation organizations, and private consulting companies. Some of our project locations and clients include:
City of Santa Barbara video - why and how scent trained K9s are used for ilicit discharge detection
The uniqueness of what ECS does and the sight of our adorable canines often attracts the media to observe and report on our activities. Here are a few of the most recent news articles and videos.