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Stormwater is rain or snow melt which has run off the land including hard, “impervious” surfaces like roads, roofs and car parks. Traditionally stormwater has been piped away from these hard surfaces and discharged untreated into the nearest waterway (e.g. - stream, beach, harbor, and wetland). Early studies of urban storm runoff on State Waters showed a negative correlation with the amount of impervious surface and urbanization to health and biodiversity of the waterways. It is now proven that stormwater runoff is a major source of pollution and we are beginning to take the necessary preventative steps to minimize its effects.

In 2005, both IU Southeast and IU East submitted Part C of the NPDES Phase II permit application for their respective Stormwater Quality Management Plan (SWQMP). The SWQMP outlines each campus’s commitment to implementing minimum control measures and best management practices in order to have as little of an impact on the environment as possible. Later in 2005, IU Southeast and IU East each received a Notice of Sufficiency, legally binding them to their respective SWQMP.

Our modern lifestyles are a major contributor to stormwater pollution, delegating the responsibilities associated with managing stormwater to both a regional and individual level. There is no simple solution. But by reducing or eliminating the amount of pollutants allowed to be washed away, we can limit the detrimental effects associated with stormwater runoff; helping ensure a pristine and viable environment for generations to come.

Illicit Discharge

An illicit discharge is any discharge to the storm sewer system that is not composed entirely of rain water or groundwater. Examples include, dumping of motor vehicle fluids, household hazardous wastes, grass clippings, leaf litter, industrial waste, restaurant wastes, or any other non-stormwater waste into a storm sewer system. Please complete this form as a means to report an illicit discharge. You do not have to provide any self-identifying information unless you want to. The form is designed to provide anonymity. However, if you would like feedback you will need to provide a way to contact you.

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