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Contamination of Sediment Along the AZHUREV Feed Channel Public

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The AZHUREV constructed wetland started to receive stormwater in 2020, raising concerns that particulate pollution will reach the wetland inlet. We collected sediment samples along the feed channel to analyze the organic matter content, elemental makeup, and presence of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) via loss on ignition, accelerated solvent extraction, high-performance liquid chromatography, scanning electron microscopy, and near-infrared spectroscopy. Most particles settled before the inlet likely due to low water flow, providing some water treatment. However, there are concerning PAH levels at the start of the channel. Because of their harmful environmental and health impacts, we propose frequent monitoring and sampling of the feed channel sediment.

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  • E-project-032122-115241
  • 52361
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  • 2022
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UN Sustainable Development Goals
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  • 2022-03-21
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