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Campus Safety and Security

Storm Water Management

Section: Campus Safety and Security Policies
Policy Name: Storm Water Management
Policy Owner: Executive Vice President
Responsible University Office: Office of Environmental Health and Safety
Origination Date: June 11, 2004
Revisions: January 13, 2006; February 10, 2014
Legacy Policy Number:  7-49
  1. PURPOSETo assure that University operations comply with best practices for the protection of storm water and comply with the 40CFR Part 122 EPA administered permit programs: The National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES).
  2. BACKGROUNDThe EPA has regulated known discharges of contaminates from businesses and industry to surface water for many years. The majority of pollution to surface water now comes from non-specific sources such as pesticide over-applications, motor oil from poorly maintained vehicles, and run off carrying animal waste, construction sediment, etc. In an effort to address this type of pollution, the EPA’s storm water management requirements were established to guide municipalities to reduce contamination of this nature and to educate the public concerning best practices to protect surface water. Procedures to identify and remediate illicit discharges to storm water systems are also part of storm water protection programs.
  3. POLICYUnder this policy it is not permitted for any University employee, student or contractor to place any chemical or chemical containing solution into a drain that leads to the storm water system without prior approval from Environmental Health & Safety.

    The University in partnership with the City of Newark is committed to implementing a storm water management program that addresses the four areas of public education and outreach, public involvement and participation, illicit discharge and removal, and construction site runoff control.

    The University will complete the requirements set forth in the permit obtained through the State of Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control. At a minimum the following units will have involvement in the program and will report their activities as required to Environmental Health & Safety:

    1. Facilities Planning and Construction
    2. Facilities Operations and Maintenance
    3. Human Resources
    4. Student Centers
    5. College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
    6. University Relations
    7. University Farm
    8. Student Life
    9. Facilities Administration
    10. Environmental Health and Safety
    11. Campus & Public Safety

For more information regarding storm water management or to view permit requirements please visit Environmental Health & Safety website or contact Environmental Health and Safety at 831-8475.