Minimizing Contaminant Impact for Road and Parking Lot Runoff

The purpose of this research initiation project was to investigate natural or passive methods for the treatment of stormwater runoff from roads and paved surfaces in northeastern Kansas. Mitigating the negative impact of these contaminants in storm water runoff is a Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) priority. Treatment methods using native plants is a vegetated best management practices (BMPs). Plants that intercept and treat this runoff have the potential to provide long-lasting, low maintenance and low-cost options protection of local receiving waters under a wide range of field conditions. However, data on BMPs is limited, particularly in the Great Plains region. Based on the preliminary sampling results, Kansas University and the City of Lenexa will fund a $180,000 two-year extension study of bioretention cell performance and the effects of planting water tolerant plant species on the cell surface.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Program Information: Advanced Research, Advanced Vehicle Technology


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  • Status: Active
  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Research and Innovative Technology Administration

    Office of Research, Development, and Technology
    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC    20590
  • Project Managers:

    Johnson, Shawn

  • Performing Organizations:

    University of Kansas, Brandy Lake

    Brandy Lake, KS   
  • Start Date: 20100510
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 31271

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01467630
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Department of Transportation
  • Files: RiP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 3:36PM