Dynamic behavior of stormwater quality parameters in South Texas

Xubin Pan*, Jingyi Zhang, Wei Ta Fang, Kim D. Jones

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    To control water impairment in urban stormwater, it is important to evaluate changing patterns of water quality parameters in stormwater runoff. Thus, the authors performed a series of experiments to investigate the dynamics of common water parameters during storm events in semi-arid areas, with multiple samples collected and analyzed in field stormwater applications. At this field monitoring site within McAuliffe Park, McAllen, Texas, in the United States, a storm event increased the concentrations of Escherichia coli (E. coli), but this event represented a decreasing trend over the entire event period. Besides, peak intensity of different pollutants in the stormwater runoff occurred at different times other than at any peak flows, representing a complexity of the temporal and spatial measurements. Multi-sample perevent approaches recommended based on the complexity of the hydrograph and different peak intensity times of pollutants. In addition, high bacteria and total suspended solids (TSS) concentrations in the initial stage of the storm event should be considered when designing Best Management Practices (BMPs) and Low Impact Developments (LIDs). New strategies and solutions for addressing ecohydrological challenges should be proposed to avoid collateral damages to their both common wealth in ecosystems and human well-beings.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)825-830
    Number of pages6
    JournalFrontiers of Environmental Science and Engineering in China
    Issue number6
    Publication statusPublished - 2012 Dec


    • ecohydrology
    • event mean concentration
    • first flush
    • multisample per event

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • General Environmental Science


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