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.

Presented by Jen McIntyre, Ph.D.

Dr. Jenifer McIntyre is passionate about science that effects change. Her B.Sc. (1997) in environmental biology at Queen’s University led to the ban of a pulp mill effluent used as a road dust suppressant. Her M.S. (2004) from the University of Washington on contaminant bioaccumulation led the Washington State Department of Health to issue a fish consumption advisory for Lake Washington. Her Ph.D. (2010) research at UW on olfactory neurotoxicity of copper in coho salmon helped pass legislation in Washington and California that phases out metals in brake pads. Dr. McIntyre currently focuses on the ecotoxicology of urban stormwater runoff and the biological effectiveness of green stormwater infrastructure. Dr. McIntyre is currently located at the Washington Stormwater Center in Puyallup, WA where she is an assistant professor of aquatic toxicology for Washington State University’s School of the Environment.