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Main Title Deriving Reliable Pollutant Removal Rates for Municipal Street Sweeping and Storm Drain Cleanout Programs in the Chesapeake Bay Basin.
Author N. L. Law ; K. DiBlasi ; U. Ghosh ; B. Stack ; S. Stack
CORP Author Maryland Univ. Baltimore County, Catonsville. Dept. of Environmental Engineering.; Forest Service, Syracuse, NY. Northern Research Station.; Environmental Protection Agency, Annapolis, MD. Chesapeake Bay Program.
Year Published 2008
Stock Number PB2011-107844
Additional Subjects Chesapeake bay basin ; Strom drain ; Street sweeping ; Pollution control ; Water qualtiy ; Water flow ; Pollution abatement ; Pollution sources ; Municipalities ; Chemical compounds ; Particle size ; Field test ; Monitoring ; Surveys ; Permits ; National pollutant discharge elimination system
Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
NTIS  PB2011-107844 Some EPA libraries have a fiche copy filed under the call number shown. 07/26/2022
Collation 73p
The research project report provides information to support pollutant removal efficiencies for street sweeping and storm drain cleanout practices for Phase I and II communities in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Information and data was gathered for this project through a comprehensive literature review, a basin-wide municipal survey of existing street sweeping and storm drain cleanout practices, and an intensive field monitoring program within two study catchments located in Watershed 263 in Baltimore, MD and additional sites in Baltimore County. Street sweeping and storm drain cleanout practices rank among the oldest practices used by communities for a variety of purposes to provide a clean and healthy environment, and more recently to comply with National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System stormwater permits. The ability for these practices to achieve pollutant reductions is uncertain given current research findings. Only a few street sweeping studies provide sufficient data to statistically determine the impact of street sweeping and storm drain cleanouts on water quality and to quantify their improvements. The ability to quantify pollutant loading reductions from street sweeping is challenging given the range and variability of factors that impact its performance, such as the street sweeping technology, frequency and conditions of operation in addition to catchment characteristics. Fewer studies are available to evaluate the pollutant reduction capabilities due to storm drain inlet or catch basin cleanouts. A multi-faceted monitoring study was completed to provide locally-derived pollutant removal reductions for street sweeping and storm drain cleanout practices. The monitoring program including water quality and flow, bedload, first flush, precipitation, source area street particulate matter, and storm drain inlet accumulation and chemical characterization. A before-and after study design was used based on the inability to find a suitable control catchment to implement a paired watershed study design. An insufficient number of samples were collected given the conditions experienced during the study period to statistically detect differences in the street sweeping treatment on water quality. Monitoring efforts, however, did reveal key findings to determine factors contributing to the effectiveness of street sweeping and storm drain cleanout practices such as the particle size distribution of the street particulate matter picked-up by sweeping and its chemical composition, along with the significance of leaf litter and other organic material in storm drains and its contributions to pollutant loadings.