Source Tracing of Toxicants in Storm Drains

by Thomas P. Hubbard, Municipality of Metropolitan Seattle, (Metro), United States,
Timothy E. Sample, Municipality of Metropolitan Seattle, (Metro), United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Design of Urban Runoff Quality Controls


Sources of toxic chemicals in storm drains are often difficult to locate and even more difficult to control. Receiving environment chemistry, storm drainage maps, land use information, and sampling of sediments in storm drains, can be used to identify significant sources of heavy metals and organic toxicants from commercial and industrial facilities. Once runoff contaminated by past and present practices is controlled, in-line sediments can be removed from the drains to prevent further degradation of the receiving environment.

Subject Headings: Toxicity | Hydraulic structures | Storms | Mapping | Sediment | Water pollution | Industrial facilities | Runoff

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