Effect of media type and particle size on dissolved organic carbon release from woody filtration media

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Bioresources Technology, 2009, 100 (2), pp. 1020 - 1023
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Sequential batch leaching tests were used to evaluate the mass of DOC released from composted garden organics (yard waste), pine and hardwood under pseudo-equilibrium conditions. All media showed an initial rapid decline in DOC values followed by a slower rate during later time periods. Greater than 50% of the DOC leached occurred within the initial time period (<24 h). The mass of DOC leached varied significantly between the materials and to a lesser degree between different particle size ranges. The pine had the lowest leached DOC fraction (2.84.8 mg/g), while the hardwood (2127 mg/g) and compost (13.632.7 mg/g) were significantly greater. The type and processing of the woody material incorporated into these systems can have a significant impact on the treated stormwater.
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