Environmental Science and Pollution Research

, Volume 21, Issue 8, pp 5367–5378 | Cite as

Accumulated sediments in a detention basin: chemical and microbial hazard assessment linked to hydrological processes

  • C. Sébastian
  • S. Barraud
  • S. Ribun
  • A. Zoropogui
  • D. Blaha
  • C. Becouze-Lareure
  • G. Lipeme Kouyi
  • B. Cournoyer
Chemical, microbiological, spatial characteristics and impacts of contaminants from urban catchments: CABRRES project


Accumulated sediments in a 32,000-m3 detention basin linked to a separate stormwater system were characterized in order to infer their health hazards. A sampling scheme of 15 points was defined according to the hydrological behaviour of the basin. Physical parameters (particle size and volatile organic matter content) were in the range of those previously reported for stormwater sediments. Chemical analyses on hydrocarbons, PAHs, PCBs and heavy metals showed high pollutant concentrations. Microbiological analyses of these points highlighted the presence of faecal indicator bacteria (Escherichia coli and intestinal enterococci) and actinomycetes of the genus Nocardia. These are indicative of the presence of human pathogens. E. coli and enterococcal numbers in the sediments were higher at the proximity of the low-flow gutter receiving waters from the catchment. These bacteria appeared to persist over time among urban sediments. Samples highly contaminated by hydrocarbons were also shown to be heavily contaminated by these bacteria. These results demonstrated for the first time the presence of Nocardial actinomycetes in such an urban context with concentrations as high as 11,400 cfu g−1.


Bacterial pathogens Detention basin E. coli Efficiency Micropollutants Nocardia Sediments 



The authors thank the ANR INOGEV and BR-TOX projects for the PhD scholarship; ANR CABRRES, OTHU (Field Observatory in Urban Hydrology) and URBIS for the scientific support; the Grand Lyon Agglomeration; RM&C Water Agency; and the pole of competitiveness AXELERA Chemistry and Environment. Special thanks to Evelyne Borges, Françoise Maurin and Laurence Marjolet (UMR5557, VetAgro Sup, France) for their technical input in the bacterial faecal indicator analyses. Thanks are expressed to Emmanuelle Bergeron, Delphine Mouniée and Emira Abidi for the help in the actinomycetal analyses.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • C. Sébastian
    • 1
  • S. Barraud
    • 1
  • S. Ribun
    • 2
  • A. Zoropogui
    • 2
  • D. Blaha
    • 2
  • C. Becouze-Lareure
    • 1
  • G. Lipeme Kouyi
    • 1
  • B. Cournoyer
    • 2
  1. 1.Université de LyonINSA de Lyon, LGCIEVilleurbanne CedexFrance
  2. 2.Université de LyonResearch Group “Bacterial Opportunistic Pathogens and Environment”, UMR5557 Ecologie Microbienne Lyon, Université Lyon 1, CNRS, VetAgro SupVilleurbanneFrance

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