Effects of Seattle Area Highway Stormwater Runoff on Aquatic Biota

The impacts of stormwater runoff from Washington State freeways on aquatic ecosystems were investigated through a series of bioassays utilizing algae, zooplankton and fish. Algae and zooplankton were adversely affected by the soluble fraction of the runoff, while suspended solids caused high mortalities of rainbow trout fry. In addition, BOD5 values similar to those reported in the stormwater literature were measured; however, there were indications that results were influenced by toxicity to microbial populations.

Publication Date: 
Friday, January 1, 1982
Publication Number: 
WA-RD 039.11
Last modified: 
10/12/2016 - 15:40
Gerald J. Portele, Brian W. Mar, Richard R. Horner, Eugene B. Welch.
University of Washington. Environmental Engineering and Science Program.
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Aquatic life, Algae, Bioassay, Biochemical oxygen demand, Biomass, Environmental impacts, Fishes, Highways, Literature reviews, Runoff, Suspended sediments, Toxicity, Water quality, Zooplankton.