Organic waste compounds as contaminants in Milwaukee-area streams
Organic waste compounds (OWCs) are ingredients and by-products of common agricultural, industrial, and household substances that can contaminate our streams through sources like urban runoff, sewage overflows, and leaking septic systems. To better understand how OWCs are affecting Milwaukee-area streams, the U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District, conducted a three-year study to investigate the presence and potential toxicity of 69 OWCs in base flow, stormflow, pore water, and sediment at 14 stream sites and 3 Milwaukee harbor locations. This fact sheet summarizes the major findings of this study, including detection frequencies and concentrations, potential toxicity, the prevalence of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), and the influence of urbanization.
Baldwin, A.K., Corsi, S.R., Magruder, Christopher, Magruder, Matthew, and Bruce, J.L., 2015, Organic waste compounds as contaminants in Milwaukee-area streams: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2015-3056, 4 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/fs20153056.
ISSN: 2327-6932 (online)
ISSN: 2327-6916 (print)
Table of Contents
- What Are Organic Waste Compounds (OWCs)?
- How Often Did We Find Organic Waste Compounds?
- How Much Did We Find?
- Did We Find Potentially Toxic Amounts of Organic Waste Compounds?
- Featured Result: Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons
- Featured Result: Urbanization and Storm Runoff
- References Cited
Additional publication details
|Publication Subtype||USGS Numbered Series|
|Title||Organic waste compounds as contaminants in Milwaukee-area streams|
|Series title||Fact Sheet|
|Publisher||U.S. Geological Survey|
|Publisher location||Reston, VA|
|Contributing office(s)||Wisconsin Water Science Center|
|Online Only (Y/N)||N|
|Additional Online Files (Y/N)||N|