Streamflow-metal relationship in a highly urbanized river basin: The Blackstone River, Massachusetts, USA

Ozdilek H. G., MATHISEN P. P.

ASIAN JOURNAL OF CHEMISTRY, vol.19, no.1, pp.810-812, 2007 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 19 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.810-812
  • Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University Affiliated: No


Although many water contaminants can be found in urban runoff, certain pollutants depending on site specific characteristics can be used as representative indicators. In this study, copper and lead were taken into account as metal contaminants. The Blackstone River, an interstate river with 74 kin length, was examined. Total lead concentration and both lead and copper loads in the river were found to be a function of flow rate. Lead concentration and load is highly depended upon streamflow than that of copper concentration. Furthermore, wet weather was found to be the main responsible factor of increasing total metal concentrations and loads in the river.