The University of Alabama has been issued a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit for stormwater discharges from regulated small municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4). The permit number is ALR040031. The Office of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) is The University of Alabama department which is responsible for management of the Stormwater Management Plan (SWMP). The purpose is to protect the water quality of the Black Warrior River and to satisfy requirements of the Clean Water Act. The University of Alabama SWMP includes various management practices, control techniques, engineering methods, and other provisions.
In May 2023, the University Stormwater Management Policy was approved and published.
Minimum Control Measures
Below are the minimum control measures outlined in the permit requirements. UA must provide training and information for UA personnel and the public on how we implement each of these control measures. This information is provided below:
- Stormwater Overview – General Information
- Stormwater Public Education and Public Involvement
- Stormwater Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination (IDDE)
- Stormwater Construction Site Runoff Control
- Stormwater Post-Construction Stormwater Management in New Development and Redevelopment.
- Stormwater Pollution Prevention and Good Housekeeping
- Stormwater Enforcement
Each minimum control measure will be addressed and detailed separately as part of the Stormwater Management Plan.
Stormwater Management SOP’s
Standard Operating Procedures detailing good housekeeping practices are required to be employed at appropriate municipal facilities and during municipal operations, that may include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Equipment Washing
- Street Sweeping
- Maintenance of Municipal Roads including public streets, roads and highways, including but not limited to unpaved roads, owned, operated, or under the responsibility of the Permittee
- Storage and Disposal of Chemicals, Pesticide, Herbicide, and Fertilizers (PHFs) and Waste Materials
- Vegetation Control, Cutting, Removal and Disposal of the Cuttings
- Vehicle Fleets/Equipment Maintenance and Repair
- External Building Maintenance
- Materials Storage Facilities and Storage Yards
To report a suspected illicit discharge on campus, to voice concerns or complaints regarding discharges from qualifying construction sites, or to simply ask a question pertaining to stormwater on campus, complete the form below and a member of Environmental Health & Safety will contact you.
For additional information on best management practices or standard operating procedures, contact EHS at 205-348-5905.