Assessing Stormwater Impactsby G. Allen Burton, Jr., Wright State Univ, Dayton, United States,
Abstract: The evaluation of stormwater effects to watershed ecosystems must adopt an integrated approach due to the inherent complexity of assessing such environments, arising from the vulnerability to a multitude of environmental stress factors. Evaluations should focus on toxicity, indigenous biota, and habitat during initial surveys, followed by focused contaminant analysis of sediments and runoff from impacted areas. This approach will result in cost-efficient studies which allow for meaningful interpretations of ecosystem impacts and potential sources. Laboratory and field studies have indicated the particular importance of toxicity testing.
Subject Headings: Ecosystems | Stormwater management | Toxicity | Field tests | Watersheds | Pollutants | Sediment
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