State Water Resources Research Institute Program

Project ID: 2012ME256B
Title: Investigating the Impact of Pollutants in Street Dust on the Long Creek Watershed, South Portland, ME: Collaborative Research Between USM, CCSWCD, and LCWMD
Project type: Research
Start date: 3/01/2012
End date: 2/28/2013
Congressional district: first
Focus categories: Non Point Pollution, Water Quality, Education
Keywords: PAH, Metals, street dust, urban watershed
Principal Investigators: Benedict, Lucille; McDonald, Kate (Cumberland County Soil and Water Conservation District)
Federal funds: $ 18,983
Non-Federal Matching Funds: $ 45,305
Abstract: This collaborative undergraduate research project between University of Southern Maine, the Cumberland County Soil and Water Conservation District, and Long Creek Watershed Management District is dedicated to exploring the levels, trends, and fate of chloride, metals, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), and dioxins in street dust and their effects on sediment and surface water quality within the Long Creek Watershed. This project will investigate the effectiveness of periodic street sweeping on contaminant accumulation in street dust in the watershed and evaluate the extent of street dust contamination in surface water and sediment.

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