Investigating the Impact of Pollutants in Street Dust
Investigating the Impact of Pollutants in Street Dust on the Long Creek Watershed, South Portland, ME
Institutions: University of Southern Maine, Cumberland County Soil & Water Conservation District
Sponsor: Maine Water Institute (WRRI Program)
This collaborative undergraduate research project between University of Southern Maine, the Cumberland County Soil & Water Conservation District, and Long Creek Watershed Management District is dedicated to exploring the levels, trends, and fate of chloride, metals, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), and dioxins in street dust and their effects on sediment and surface water quality within the Long Creek Watershed. This project will investigate the effectiveness of periodic street sweeping on contaminant accumulation in street dust in the watershed and evaluate the extent of street dust contamination in surface water and sediment.
- Lucille Benedict, University of Southern Maine
- Kate McDonald, Cumberland County Soil & Water Conservation District