Characterization of Highway Runoff in Washington State

A total of 241 storm events were sampled at ten sites during the first full year of statewide monitoring of highway runoff. Analyses of these data indicates that more than half of the observed solids in this runoff is traced to sanding operations. The total solids loading at each site was correlated with traffic during the storm. The ratio of other pollutants to solids was linear when there were sufficient traffic-generated pollutants to saturate the available solids.

Publication Date: 
Sunday, November 30, 1980
Publication Number: 
WA-RD 039.6
Last modified: 
10/12/2016 - 15:40
Randy L. Asplund, John F. Ferguson, and Brian W. Mar
University of Washington. Environmental and Science Program.
Number of Pages: 
Analysis, Environmental monitoring, Heavy metals, Highway maintenance, Highways, Land use, Literature reviews, Metals, Pollutants, Runoff, Samples, Sanding, Storms, Traffic volume, Water quality.