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Open-File Report 2009–1077

In cooperation with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

Concentrations of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) in Urban Stormwater, Madison, Wisconsin, 2005-08

By William R. Selbig

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ABSTRACT

Concentrations of 18 PAH compounds were characterized from six urban source areas (parking lots, feeder street, collector street, arterial street, rooftop, and strip mall) around Madison, Wisconsin. Parking lots were categorized into those that were or were not sealed. On average, chrysene, fluoranthene, and pyrene were the dominant PAH compounds in all urban stormwater samples. Geometric mean concentrations for most individual PAH compounds were significantly greater for a parking lot that was sealed than for lots that were not sealed. Results from this study are consistent with similar studies that measured PAH concentrations in urban stormwater samples in Marquette, Mich., and Madison, Wis.

 

First posted August 2009

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Suggested citation:

Selbig, W.R., 2009, Concentrations of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in urban stormwater, Madison, Wisconsin, 2005–08: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2009–1077, 46 p.

 



Contents

Abstract
Introduction
Description of Study Areas
Runoff-Sample Collection
Results                 
References
Appendix Tables 1–1 – 1–7



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