e-DNA for Aquatic Species

Collection of environmental DNA (eDNA) from aquatic habitats impacted by transportation projects is an evolving tool for the detection of species, including those that are rare, threatened and endangered. Assay tests to determine the presence of eDNA in water samples are developed on a species by species basis, at considerable investment in time, money and labor. This study will identify aquatic species of interest, and develop assays for those species of most concern. Once assays are developed, eDNA sampling will provide a relatively inexpensive and efficient method to determine the presence of aquatic species near construction projects.