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A Survey of Trace Organics in Highway Runoff in Seattle, Washington

Description: Trace organics were surveyed using gas chromatography coupled to mass spectrometry for highway runoff samples from two Seattle sites. The characterization of the organics exhibited concentrations of aliphatic, aromatic and complex oxygenated compounds. Vehicles, including exhaust emissions, were concluded to be the source of many of the organics.

  • Date Published: December, 1980
  • Publication Number: WA-RD 39.9
  • Last Modified: August 4, 2007
  • Authors: Karen Rose Zawlocki, John F. Ferguson, Brian W. Mar.
  • Originator: University of Washington. Environmental Engineering and Science Program.
  • # of Pages: 45 p., 834 KB (PDF)
  • Subject: Aliphatic compounds, Aquatic life, Aromatic compounds, Concentration (Chemistry), Contaminants, Environmental impacts, Exhaust gases, Gas chromatography, Highways, Hydrocarbons, Mass spectrometry, Motor vehicles, Organic compounds, Pollutants, Runoff, Samples, Surveys, Water quality.
  • Keywords: Highways, runoff, water pollutants, Washington State, organics, I-5, SR 520, Seattle.
  • 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).
    Year 3 - Runoff Water Quality, August 1979 - August 1980, (WA-RD 39.7).
    Views of Risk and Highway Transportation of Hazardous Materials - A Case Study in Gasoline, (WA-RD 39.8).
    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