The impact of the Tri-City Ring Road on surface water of small endorheic wetlands

Wojciech Staszek 1 , Żaneta Polkowska 2 , Aleksandra Dubiella-Jackowska 2 ,  and Jacek Barańczuk 3
  • 1 Department of Physical Geography and the Environmental Management, University of Gdańsk, 80-309, Gdańsk, Poland
  • 2 Department of Analytical Chemistry, Gdańsk University of Technology, 80-952, Gdańsk, Poland
  • 3 Department of Limnology, University of Gdańsk, 80-309, Gdańsk, Poland

Abstract

The paper presents the results of the impact of the Tri-City Ring Road on small endorheic catchment basins. Particular attention was paid to pollution discharged from the road to the surface water, as well as changes in hydrological conditions in the vicinity of the road. In the study, surface water samples were analysed in terms of their electrolytic conductivity, pH and content of major minerals. GIS was also used to study transformation of local catchment areas as a result of the road construction, determining their relevance to local conditions of drainage. Moreover, the main directions of transformation of surface waters of the small endorheic wetlands caused by runoff water from the ring road were discovered. Research results have shown a strong influence of the road functioning on surface water properties and changes in hydrological conditions of the studied catchment basins.

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