Research Service Center

Investigating the Impact of Pollutants in Street Dust

This collaborative undergraduate research project between USM (Principal Investigator Luci Benedict), Cumberland County Soil & Water Conservation District and Long Creek Watershed Management District is dedicated to exploring the concentrations, trends, and fate and transport of chloride, metals, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, 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 the extent of contamination in surface water and sediment from street dust.