When we sang "rain, rain, go away" as children,
we never thought about where the rain actually went. Nowadays,
we no longer have that luxury. Not just rain, but melted snow,
runoff from vehicle washing, grit, leaves, sand, oil and more
flow into catch basins designed to prevent flooding or icing.
Ultimately, though, this discharge has the potential to pollute
lakes, rivers, streams-and even the ocean.
As always, federal and state environmental regulators have
a system in place to assist in controlling the potential negative
impact of storm water runoff. The EPA regulates it through
the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES),
and has authorized many states to implement and monitor the
While your school may already be in compliance with NPDES,
it cannot be left to one individual to enforce it. All students
and employees should understand the different actions that
can protect bodies of water from harmful storm water discharges-and
to use common sense to mitigate the impact.
Proceed through this section of the EVC to become more informed
about college storm water controls as they relate to environmental