Fate of Pathogens in Storm Water Runoff

EPA Grant Number: R827933C035
Subproject: this is subproject number 035 , established and managed by the Center Director under grant R825427
(EPA does not fund or establish subprojects; EPA awards and manages the overall grant for this center).

Center: Urban Waste Management and Research Center (University New Orleans)
Center Director: McManis, Kenneth
Title: Fate of Pathogens in Storm Water Runoff
Investigators: McCorquodale, J. A. , Englade, Andrew J.
Institution: University of New Orleans , Tulane University of Louisiana
EPA Project Officer: Lasat, Mitch
Project Period: July 1, 2002 through June 30, 2003
RFA: Urban Waste Management & Research Center (1998) RFA Text |  Recipients Lists
Research Category: Targeted Research


The overall objective of this project of the Urban Waste Management and Research Center (UWMRC) was to develop a program for managing safe primary contact use of the lake’s recreational waters at public beaches and shoreline parks. The goal was to permit the opening of certain south shore areas for swimming with the ability to issue intermittent closures when high-risk conditions are expected. An early-warning forecasting model that will estimate the immediate and short-term risk of exceeding pathogen indicator concentration criteria in recreational areas of Lake Pontchartrain based on hydrologic and climatic data was proposed as a means of supplying more timely information on pathogen risks than that available from a monitoring process that takes about 2 days for laboratory results. The proposed model was a three-dimensional hydrodynamic fate and transport model that incorporated the site-specific response to tides and climate and predicted the trajectory of the storm runoff plume as well as the bacteria concentration field. Specific objectives of the project included: (1) collection of field data to determine the current state of water quality in the south shore area of the lake; (2) collection of field data to characterize plumes resulting from pumped stormwater discharges in terms of the plume trajectories, spreading, and dilution and pathogen indicator concentrations; (3) collection of field data within the urban drainage canals to characterize pathogen indicator loading as a result of pumped storm discharges; (4) determination of pathogen indicator kinetics (i.e., die-off in the water column and bottom sediments), including loss because of sedimentation, while incorporating the effects of certain environmental parameters on decay; (5) development of a three-dimensional hydrodynamic and pathogen forecasting model through modification of the Princeton Ocean Model; and (6) development of a Neural Network Model as a tool for use in a beach management program.

Supplemental Keywords:

human health risk, pathogen indicator, modeling, neural network, hydrodynamics, primary contact recreation, plume tracking, bacteria kinetics,, Scientific Discipline, Waste, Water, TREATMENT/CONTROL, Ground Water, Municipal, Wet Weather Flows, Ecology and Ecosystems, Urban and Regional Planning, Water Pollution Control, monitoring, pathogens, wastewater treatment, sanitary sewer overflows, runoff, urban runoff, municipal waste, recreational water quality, stormwater, stormwater treatment, waste management, water quality, storm drainage, stormwater runoff, storm drainage systems, NPDES, storm water

Progress and Final Reports:

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  • Main Center Abstract and Reports:

    R825427    Urban Waste Management and Research Center (University New Orleans)

    Subprojects under this Center: (EPA does not fund or establish subprojects; EPA awards and manages the overall grant for this center).
    R825427C001 Comprehensive Evaluation of The Dual Trickling Filter Solids Contact Process
    R825427C002 Issues Involving the Vertical Expansion of Landfills
    R825427C003 Deep Foundations on Brownfields Sites
    R825427C004 Ambient Particulate Concentration Model for Traffic Intersections
    R825427C005 Effectiveness of Rehabilitation Approaches for I/I Reduction
    R825427C006 Urban Solid Waste Management Videos
    R825427C007 UWMRC Community Outreach Multimedia Exhibit
    R825427C008 Including New Technology into the Investigation of Inappropriate Pollutant Entries into Storm Drainage Systems - A User's Guide
    R825427C009 Investigation of Hydraulic Characteristics and Alternative Model Development of Subsurface Flow Constructed Wetlands
    R825427C010 Beneficial Use Of Urban Runoff For Wetland Enhancement
    R825427C011 Urban Storm and Waste Water Outfall Modeling
    R827933C001 Development of a Model Sediment Control Ordinance for Louisiana
    R827933C002 Inappropriate Discharge to Stormwater Drainage (Demonstration Project)
    R827933C003 Alternate Liner Evaluation Model
    R827933C004 LA DNR - DEQ - Regional Waste Management
    R827933C005 Landfill Design Specifications
    R827933C006 Geosynthetic Clay Liners as Alternative Barrier Systems
    R827933C007 Used Tire Monofill
    R827933C008 A Comparison of Upflow Anaerobic Sludge Bed (USAB) and the Anaerobic Biofilm Fluidized Bed Reactor (ABFBR) for the Treatment of Municipal Wastewater
    R827933C009 Integrated Environmental Management Plan for Shipbuilding Facilities
    R827933C010 Nicaragua
    R827933C011 Louisiana Environmental Education and Resource Program
    R827933C012 Costa Rica - Costa Rican Initiative
    R827933C013 Evaluation of Cr(VI) Exposure Assessment in the Shipbuilding Industry
    R827933C014 LaTAP, Louisiana Technical Assistance Program: Pollution Prevention for Small Businesses
    R827933C015 Louisiana Environmental Leadership Pollution Prevention Program
    R827933C016 Inexpensive Non-Toxic Pigment Substitute for Chromium in Primer for Aluminum Sibstrate
    R827933C017 China - Innovative Waste Composting Plan for the City of Benxi, People's Rupublic of China
    R827933C018 Institutional Control in Brownfields Redevelopment: A Methodology for Community Participation and Sustainability
    R827933C019 Physico-Chemical Assessment for Treatment of Storm Water From Impervious Urban Watersheds Typical of the Gulf Coast
    R827933C020 Influence of Cyclic Interfacial Redox Conditions on the Structure and Integrity of Clay Liners for Landfills Subject to Variable High Groundwater Conditions in the Gulf Coast Region
    R827933C021 Characterizing Moisture Content Within Landfills
    R827933C022 Bioreactor Landfill Moisture Management
    R827933C023 Urban Water Issues: A Video Series
    R827933C024 Water Quality Modeling in Urban Storm Water Systems
    R827933C025 The Development of a Web Based Instruction (WBI) Program for the UWMRC User's Guide (Investigation of Inappropriate Pollutant Entries Into Storm Drainage Systems)
    R827933C027 Legal Issues of SSO's: Private Property Sources and Non-NPDES Entities
    R827933C028 Brownfields Issues: A Video Series
    R827933C029 Facultative Landfill Bioreactors (FLB): A Pilot-Scale Study of Waste Stabilization, Landfill Gas Emissions, Leachate Treatment, and Landfill Geotechnical Properties
    R827933C030 Advances in Municipal Wastewater Treatment
    R827933C031 Design Criteria for Sanitary Sewer System Rehabilitation
    R827933C032 Deep Foundations in Brownfield Areas: Continuing Investigation
    R827933C033 Gradation-Based Transport, Kinetics, Coagulation, and Flocculation of Urban Watershed Rainfall-Runoff Particulate Matter
    R827933C034 Leaching and Stabilization of Solid-Phase Residuals Separated by Storm Water BMPs Capturing Urban Runoff Impacted by Transportation Activities and Infrastructure
    R827933C035 Fate of Pathogens in Storm Water Runoff
    R87933C020 Influence of Cyclic Interfacial Redox Conditions on the Structure and Integrity of Clay Liners for Landfills Subject to Variable High Groundwater Conditions in the Gulf Coast Region