Evaluation of pollutant build-up and wash-off from selected land uses at the Port of Brisbane, Australia

Goonetilleke, Ashantha, Egodawatta, Prasanna K., & Kitchen, Brad (2009) Evaluation of pollutant build-up and wash-off from selected land uses at the Port of Brisbane, Australia. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 58(2), pp. 213-221.

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The quality of stormwater runoff from seaports can be an important source of pollution to the marine environment. Currently, little knowledge exists with regards to the pollutant generation capacity specific to seaports as they do not necessarily compare well with conventional urban land use. The research project focussed on the assessment of pollutant build-up and wash-off. The study was undertaken using rainfall simulation and small impervious plots for different port land uses with the results obtained compared to typical urban land uses.

The study outcomes confirmed that the Port land uses exhibit comparatively lower pollutant concentrations. However, the pollutant characteristics varied across different land uses. Hence, the provision of stereotypical water quality improvement measures could be of limited value. Particle size <150m was predominant in suspended solids. Therefore, if suspended solids are targeted as the surrogate parameter for water quality improvement, this particle size range needs to be removed.

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ID Code: 17986
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Pollutant build-up, Pollutant wash-off, Port stormwater quality, Port stormwater pollution, Rainfall simulation
DOI: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2008.09.025
ISSN: 0025-326X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > CIVIL ENGINEERING (090500) > Water Quality Engineering (090508)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > Schools > School of Urban Development
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 Elsevier Science
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher
Deposited On: 18 Feb 2009 00:44
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:43

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