Biological impact of storm water discharges associated with construction activities in receiving streams

Kriton Theodoridis, Theodore G. Cleveland, K. H. Wang, Deborah J. Roberts

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Abstract

According to section 402(p) of the Clean Water Act (CWA) all storm water discharges associated with industrial activity to waters of the United States should be authorized by a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) general permit. This regulation was modified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to include storm water discharges from construction activities provided that these activities result in disturbing over five acres of land area. As part of the permit, Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plans (SW3Ps) are required to be provided and implemented. This research examines the impact of construction stormwater by examining the biological health of a receiving stream. Biological assessment is primarily performed by monitoring the Benthic Macroinvertebrate community at the receiving stream. Microtox acute toxicity tests are currently undertaken to accompany these results.

Original languageEnglish
Pages258-263
Number of pages6
StatePublished - 1997
EventProceedings of the 1997 24th Annual Water Resources Planning and Management Conference - Houston, TX, USA
Duration: Apr 6 1997Apr 9 1997

Conference

ConferenceProceedings of the 1997 24th Annual Water Resources Planning and Management Conference
CityHouston, TX, USA
Period04/6/9704/9/97

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