Will EPA'S Nationwide Urban Runoff Study Achieve Useful Results—

by G. Fred Lee, Dept. of Civil Engineering, Colorado State Univ., Fort Collins, Colo. 80523,
R. Anne Jones, Dept. of Civil Engineering, Colorado State Univ., Fort Collins, Colo. 80523,


Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1981, Vol. 51, Issue 9, Pg. 86-87


Document Type: Feature article

Abstract: Approximately 30 studies are now underway across the United States as part of the Nationwide Urban Runoff program (NURP) to evaluate the water quality significance of stormwater drainage from urban areas. This program is under the guidance and control of the U.S. EPA 208 program offices in Washington, DC. The concentrations and/or loads of a number of contaminants in urban stormwater drainage are equal to and sometimes greater than those in treated domestic wastewaters. The authors strongly support the need for NURP to define the importance of urban stormwater drainage as a cause of water quality deterioration in U.S. waters.

Subject Headings: Runoff | Chemical wastes | Storms | Environmental Protection Agency | Water quality | Research

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