Salt Storage and Runoff in Urban Watershed

by Richard H. Hawkins, (M.ASCE), Assoc. Prof.; Watershed Sci. Unit, Dept. of Forestry and Outdoor Recreation, Utah State Univ., Logan, Utah,

Serial Information: Journal of the Environmental Engineering Division, 1976, Vol. 102, Issue 4, Pg. 737-743

Document Type: Journal Paper


Street salting studies in the Meadowbrook Watershed, Syracuse, N.Y., are described. Over a 3yr study period 81.5% of the salts applied left the watershed in runoff waters. Considering the suburban nature of the basin, this is in consonance with results found elsewhere. Chloride concentrations in the low flow months of April-October were found to increase with time, suggesting that salt is accumulating in the local ground water, which is a source of supply for these low flows.

Subject Headings: Salt water | Groundwater flow | Water storage | Waste storage | Municipal water | Urban areas | Watersheds | Flow duration

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