Relationship Between Accumulation and Influx of Pollutants in Highway Ponds

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The paper discusses the long term mass balance of pollutants in highway ponds. The accumulations of five polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and six heavy metals have been measured in eight Danish detention ponds, which receive runoff from highways only. For each pollutant the accumulation has been compared to the long-term influx, estimated from short-term measurements of concentrations in highway runoff. The results show that a large proportion of the incoming heavy metals in short-term runoff events has accumulated in the ponds. This is not the case for the toxic organic compounds. The results also show that the accumulation rates for the heavy metals depend significantly on the relative pond area (pond area divided by catchment area). The conclusion is that the mass balances of heavy metals and PAHs in highway ponds can be estimated with acceptable accuracy from a combination of short-term and long-term measurements.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherAalborg Universitetsforlag
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 2006


  • Heavy metals
  • Mass balance
  • PAH
  • Runoff
  • Sediment
  • Xenobiotics


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