Toxic Stormwater Runoff: Aquatic Pollution and Green Solutions
Jen McIntyre, Ph.D.
Urban stormwater runoff is a pervasive source of contaminants to aquatic ecosystems. This chemical mixture can be acutely toxic to aquatic animals, including acute mortality for adult coho salmon returning to spawn in streams impacted by urban runoff. I will review the current knowledge of the chemical complexity of urban runoff, the acute toxic impacts it causes, and the ability of green infrastructure to prevent those impacts.