Section: Safety and Security
Policy Number: 7-49
Policy Name: Storm Water Management
Date: June 11, 2004
Revisions: January 13, 2006; February 10, 2014

  1. PURPOSE

    To 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. BACKGROUND

    The 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. POLICY

    Under 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:

    Facilities Planning and Construction

    Facilities Operations and Maintenance

    Human Resources

    Student Centers

    College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

    University Relations

    University Farm

    Student Life

    Facilities Administration

    Environmental Health and Safety

    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.

Submitted by: Environmental Health and Safety