Stormwater Runoff Water Quality Evaluation and Management Program for Hazardous Chemical Sites: Development Issues

    Published: Jan 1998

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    The deficiencies in the typical stormwater runoff water quality monitoring from hazardous chemical sites and an alternative approach (Evaluation Monitoring) for monitoring that shifts the monitoring program from periodic sampling and analysis of stormwater runoff for a suite of chemical parameters to examining the receiving waters to determine what, if any, water quality use impairments are occurring due to the runoff-associated constituents is presented in this paper. Rather than measuring potentially toxic constituents such as heavy metals in runoff, the monitoring program determines whether there is aquatic life toxicity in the receiving waters associated with the stormwater runoff. If toxicity is found, its cause is determined and the source of the constituents causing the toxicity is identified through forensic analysis. Based on this information, site-specific, technically valid stormwater runoff management programs can be developed that will control real water quality impacts caused by stormwater runoff-associated constituents.


    hazardous chemical site, stormwater runoff monitoring, water quality impact evaluation

    Author Information:

    Lee, GF
    President and Vice-President, G. Fred Lee & Associates, E. El Macero, CA

    Jones-Lee, A
    President and Vice-President, G. Fred Lee & Associates, E. El Macero, CA

    Committee/Subcommittee: D18.99

    DOI: 10.1520/STP13288S

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