Development of a New, Effective and Low-cost Media for Sustainable Management of Polluted Road Stormwater in Highly Urbanized Areas

The population of the United States is concentrated in urban areas; 82% reside in over 500 urban areas. Despite many benefits, high urbanization leads to various environmental issues, such as polluted urban road runoff, the surface stormwater created by urbanization. Urban runoff largely from impervious surfaces such as roadways and parking lots is recognized among major nonpoint pollution sources for surface water, groundwater, and soil. The transportation-associated sources of runoff pollution are principally vehicles and atmospheric deposition. Among the various stormwater pollutants, heavy metals, especially lead, copper, and zinc, are of particular concern due to their non-biodegradability, accumulation in environment, and toxicity. Nutrients in urban runoff, including phosphorous and nitrogen, are also problematic because of their ability to cause eutrophication in receiving water bodies, and contamination of groundwater.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $169443
  • Contract Numbers:


  • Sponsor Organizations:

    University Transportation Research Center

    City College of New York
    Marshak Hall, Suite 910, 160 Convent Avenue
    New York, NY  United States  10031

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Thorson, Ellen

    Eickemeyer, Penny

  • Performing Organizations:

    Manhattan College

    4513 Manhattan College Pkwy
    Riverdale, NY  United States  10471
  • Principal Investigators:

    Barrett, Kirk

  • Start Date: 20150601
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20170630
  • Source Data: RiP Project 39759

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01565948
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: University Transportation Research Center
  • Contract Numbers: 49198-23-27
  • Files: UTC, RIP
  • Created Date: Jun 6 2015 1:00AM