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Precipitation and runoff water quality from an urban parking lot and implications for tree growth

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Pham, C. H.; Halverson, H. G.; Heisler, G. M.

Year Published

1978

Publication

Research Note NE-253. Broomall, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northeastern Forest Experiment Station. 6p.

Abstract

The water quality of precipitation and runoff from a large parking lot in New Brunswick, New Jersey was studied during the early growing season, from March to June 1976. Precipitation and runoff from 10 storms were analyzed. The runoff was higher in all constituents considered except for P, Pb, and Cu. Compared with published values for natural waters, sewage effluent, and storm-water drainage from urban land, the parking lot runoff was not highly polluted during the study period, and it appears that such runoff is a satisfactory source of water for urban trees.

Citation

Pham, C. H.; Halverson, H. G.; Heisler, G. M. 1978. Precipitation and runoff water quality from an urban parking lot and implications for tree growth. Research Note NE-253. Broomall, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northeastern Forest Experiment Station. 6p.

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