An assessment of the impact of motorway runoff on a pond, wetland and stream

Shutes, R. Brian E. and Sriyaraj, Kanyawat (2001) An assessment of the impact of motorway runoff on a pond, wetland and stream. Environment International, 26 (5-6) . pp. 433-439. ISSN 0160-4120 [Article] (doi:10.1016/S0160-4120(01)00024-1)


The impact of soil filtered runoff from a section of the M25 outer London motorway (constructed in 1981) on a pond, wetland and stream in a nature reserve was investigated by monitoring water, sediment. The tissues of the emergent plants Typha latifolia and Glyceria maxima collected from the pond were analysed for the heavy metals, Cd, Pb, Cu and Zn. Macroinvertebrates were monitored in the stream and biotic indices applied to the data. The plant tissue concentrations for Typha and Glyceria show decreasing metal concentrations from root to rhizome to leaf. This trend has previously been reported for Typha exposed to runoff although the tissue concentrations are lower in this study with the exception of Cd in root tissue. The Biological Monitoring Working Party (BMWP) score and Average Score Per Taxon (ASPT) for the stream at sites above and below the pond outlet are lower than the scores recorded by the Environment Agency for England and Wales at an upstream site above the Pond/Wetland. The sites have an Overall Quality Index of ‘moderate water quality’, and there is no evidence of a deterioration of biologically assessed water quality between them. The results of the study show the long-term impact on sediment of filtered road runoff discharges to a natural wetland and pond located in a nature reserve. The use of natural wetlands for the discharge of road runoff is inadvisable. Constructed wetlands in combination with other structures including settlement trenches and ponds should be considered as an alternative treatment option.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Natural Sciences
ISI Impact: 23
Item ID: 273
Depositing User: Repository team
Date Deposited: 31 Oct 2008 12:24
Last Modified: 10 Apr 2019 07:41

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