Stormwater is water flow generated by rain or other precipitation that is considered "run-off" because it cannot be absorbed by the environment. The flow of stormwater is increased when water builds upon impermeable ground surfaces such as an asphalt parking lot. As stormwater travels over various areas, the water becomes polluted with sediment and other substances such as oil and grease. Pollutants can also be collected from stormwater that runs down from rooftops. Ultimately, stormwater ends up in our streams and lakes, and Clemson University takes considerable effort to prevent or reduce this environmental hazard in order to protect aquatic life and to keep water bodies clean for recreational purposes.
The Environmental Protection Agency regulates stormwater based on the population density of an area. Clemson University is classified as a Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer or Small MS4. Being classified as such, we have certain regulations we must follow with our stormwater system. A significant requirement is to maintain a map of the entire stormwater system. Additionally, we must monitor construction activities on campus to ensure that contractors do not create issues with excess sediment entering our stormwater collection system, which would ultimately pollute Lake Hartwell, a major water source for our community.
If you have questions about stormwater regulation at Clemson University, please contact the Associate Director of Utility Services.