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2013 Master's Level Graduate Research Conference

Session I - Session II - Session III

Water Quality Analysis of Separate Storm Sewers in the City of Rochester

Nonpoint source pollution, especially urban runoff from wet weather periods is listed as a leading source for lakes and river systems. In the lower Genesee River various recreational uses, aquatic life support, and aesthetics are significantly restricted by pollutants from the highly-urbanized City of Rochester. This presentation focuses on the water quality impacts to the Genesee River from separate storm sewers. Nine storm sewers were sampled on a weekly basis and additionally during hydrometeorological events greater than 0.25 inches. Flow data were collected and grab samples were analyzed for soluble reactive phosphorus, total phosphorus, total suspended solids, nitrate, total nitrogen, and total coliform bacteria. Hydrologic models can help with data interpretation and organization while providing predictive quality and quantity data. PCSWMM (Storm Water Management Model) will be calibrated to predict water quality and water quantity data for separate storm sewers in the City of Rochester. The effects of low impact developments (LIDs) will be tested using PCSWMM to determine the best methods to reduce pollutants to the Genesee River from separate storm sewers.

Presenter: Lindsay Dressel (SUNY Brockport) --
Topic: Environmental Science I - Panel
Location: 217 Hartwell
Time: 11 am (Session II)