Summer 2013 Resources and Publications

Photochemical Formation of Brominated Dioxins and Other Products of Concern from Hydroxylated Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers (OH-PBDEs) 
McNeill, K., W.A. Arnold, P.R. Erickson, and M. Grandbois. 2013 
1st runner up for 2012 Science Paper of the year from Environmental Science & Technology

Finding a path to Sustainable Water Management: Where We’ve been, Where We Need To Go
Enzler, S., S. Sutro Rhees and D.L. Swackhamer. 2013
William Mitchell Law Review, Volume 39, Number 3, pp.842-919.

Remediation to Improve Infiltration into Compact Soils
Olson, N.C., J.S. Gulliver, J.L. Nieber and M. Kayhanian. 2013
Journal of Environmental Management 117, 85-95.

Urban development usually involves soil compaction through converting large pervious land into developed land. This change typically increases runoff during runoff events and consequently may add to flooding and additional volume of runoff. The wash off of pollutants may also create numerous water quality and environmental problems for receiving waters. To alleviate this problem many municipalities are considering low impact development. One technique to reduce runoff in an urban area is to improve the soil infiltration. This study is specifically undertaken to investigate tilling and compost addition to improve infiltration rate, and to investigate measurement tools to assess the effectiveness of remediated soil.

Perfluoroalkyl Acids in Urban Stormwater Runoff: Influence of Land Use 
Xiao, F., M.F. Simcik and J.S. Gulliver. 2012
Water Research, 46(20), 6601–6608.

The Role of Biodegradation in Limiting the Accumulation of Petroleum Hydrocarbons in Raingarden Soils
LeFevre, G.H., R.M. Hozalski, and P.J. Novak. 2012
Water Research, 46(20), 6753–6762.
Previous studies have indicated that raingardens are effective at removing petroleum hydrocarbons from stormwater. There are concerns, however, that petroleum hydrocarbons could accumulate in raingarden soil, potentially resulting in liability for the site owner. In this work, 75 soil samples were collected from 58 raingardens and 4 upland (i.e., control) sites in the Minneapolis, Minnesota area, representing a range of raingarden ages and catchment land uses.

Water Resources Sustainability Indicator: Application of the Watershed Characteristics Approach
Heidi M. Peterson, John L. Nieber, Roman Kanivetsky and Boris Shmagin. 2012 Springer

The quantification of the renewable flux (i.e. sustainable limit) of the hydrologic system is the prerequisite for transitioning from unsustainable to sustainable water resources management. The application of the Watershed Characteristics Approach to estimate the renewable flux of the hydrologic system was demonstrated using Minnesota’s (USA) Twin Cities Metropolitan Area (TCMA). The methodology quantified the relationships between landscape properties and water balance characteristics, resulting in the development of functioning hierarchical hydrogeological units with corresponding recharge rates. This renewable flux is a key quantitative characteristic for the assessment of a sustainability indicator.