Water Quality Monitoring of Highway Construction

by Connie P. Yew, Federal Highway Administration, United States,
Paul B. Makowski, Federal Highway Administration, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Hydraulic Engineering


The primary objective of water quality monitoring, as it relates to highway construction, is to obtain quantitative information to ensure that runoff from the construction site does not have an adverse effect on the water quality of adjacent streams. The efforts of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) are directed at controlling and minimizing the impacts of construction activities upon the quality of water such that the aquatic ecosystem may be preserved. Immediate actions and remedial measures can be implemented early in the design stage to reduce probable impacts that have been identified in the course of the water quality study. The purpose of this paper is to discuss the results of the past, present and future water quality monitoring program that FHWA has incorporated into projects where water quality problems may be anticipated.

Subject Headings: Water quality | Infrastructure construction | Construction sites | Aquatic habitats | Water pollution | Flow measurement | Runoff | Rivers and streams

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