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Year 3 - Runoff Water Quality, August 1979 - August 1980


This report summarizes findings detailed in Reports No. 4 and 5 plus the work of Zawlocki on trace organics in highway runoff. Several hundred compounds tentatively identified by GC-MS were grouped into nine categories, which were not mutually exclusive. Major components of these categories were petroleum products used by vehicles and incompletely combusted hydrocarbons. The concentrations of these trace organics groups were low compared to criteria proposed for protection of aquatic life.


  • Date Published: January, 1981
  • Publication Number: WA-RD 39.7
  • Last Modified: August 3, 2007
  • Authors: Brian W. Mar, John F. Ferguson, Eugene B. Welch.
  • Originator: University of Washington. Environmental Engineering and Science Program.
  • # of Pages: 23 p., 423 KB (PDF)
  • Subject: Construction and maintenance, Environmental monitoring, Highways, Leachate, Organic compounds, Petroleum products, Pollutants, Runoff, Water quality.
  • Keywords: Highways, runoff, water pollutants, Washington State, monitoring, models, construction, woodwaste fills, leachate, organics.
  • Related Publications: Water Quality Impacts Associated with Leachates from Highway Woodwastes Embankments, (WA-RD 39.1).
    Effects of Velocity and Nutrient Alterations on Stream Primary Producers and Associated Organisms, (WA-RD 39.2).
    Highway Runoff Monitoring: The Initial Year, (WA-RD 39.3).
    Composite Sampling of Highway Runoff: Year 2, (WA-RD 39.4).
    Criteria and Requirements for Statewide Highway Runoff Monitoring Sites, (WA-RD 39.5).
    Characterization of Highway Runoff in Washington State, (WA-RD 39.6).
    Views of Risk and Highway Transportation of Hazardous Materials - A Case Study in Gasoline, (WA-RD 39.8).
    A Survey of Trace Organics in Highway Runoff in Seattle, Washington, (WA-RD 39.9).
    Transport Deposition and Control of Heavy Metals in Highway Runoff, (WA-RD 39.10).
    Effects of Seattle Area Highway Stormwater Runoff on Aquatic Biota, (WA-RD 39.11).
    Highway Runoff in Washington State: Model Validation and Statistical Analysis, (WA-RD 39.12).
    Assessment of Pollutant Loadings and Concentrations in Highway Stormwater, (WA-RD 39.12.1).
    Year 4, Runoff Water Quality, August 1980-August 1981, (WA-RD 39.13).
    Guide for Water Quality Impact Assessment of Highway Operations and Maintenance, (WA-RD 39.14).
    Impacts of Channel Reconstruction in the Pilchuck River, (WA-RD 39.15).
    Summary -- Highway Runoff Water Quality Study, 1977-1982, (WA-RD 39.16).

This abstract was last modified October 30, 2008