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Challenges 2014, 5(1), 112-122; doi:10.3390/challe5010112
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Stormwater Quality Characteristics in (Dutch) Urban Areas and Performance of Settlement Basins

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1 Department of Water Management, Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences, Delft University of Technology, P.O. Box 5048, 2600 GA Delft, The Netherlands 2 TAUW, Zekeringstraat 43g, P.O. Box 20748, 1001 NS Amsterdam, The Netherlands 3 Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Zernikeplein 7, P.O. Box 30030, 9700 RM Groningen, The Netherlands 4 Deltares, Princetonlaan 6–8, P.O. Box 85467, 3508 AL Utrecht, The Netherlands 5 Royal HaskoningDHV, Barbarossastraat 35, P.O. Box 151, 6500 AD Nijmegen, The Netherlands
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Received: 31 August 2013 / Revised: 5 March 2014 / Accepted: 6 March 2014 / Published: 19 March 2014
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Abstract

Stormwaters, flowing into storm sewers, are known to significantly increase the annual pollutant loads entering urban receiving waters and this results in significant degradation of the receiving water quality. Knowledge of the characteristics of stormwater pollution enables urban planners to incorporate the most appropriate stormwater management strategies to mitigate the effects of stormwater pollution on downstream receiving waters. This requires detailed information on stormwater quality, such as pollutant types, sediment particle size distributions, and how soluble pollutants and heavy metals attach themselves to sediment particles. This study monitored stormwater pollution levels at over 150 locations throughout the Netherlands. The monitoring has been ongoing for nearly 15 years and a total of 7,652 individual events have been monitored to date. This makes the database the largest stormwater quality database in Europe. The study compared the results to those presented in contemporary international stormwater quality research literature. The study found that the pollution levels at many of the Dutch test sites did not meet the requirements of the European Water Framework Directive (WFD) and Dutch Water Quality Standards. Results of the study are presented and recommendations are made on how to improve water quality with the implementation of Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SUDS) devices.
Keywords: stormwater quality; stormwater characteristics; monitoring; stormwater treatment stormwater quality; stormwater characteristics; monitoring; stormwater treatment
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Boogaard, F.C.; van de Ven, F.; Langeveld, J.G.; van de Giesen, N. Stormwater Quality Characteristics in (Dutch) Urban Areas and Performance of Settlement Basins. Challenges 2014, 5, 112-122.

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