UALR is committed to eliminating pollution brought about by stormwater discharges as runoff from rain events on campus. Stormwater Discharge is defined by the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) as: “runoff from paved surfaces including streets, parking lots, and other impervious areas (e.g., buildings) during rainfall and snow events, which often contain pollutants in quantities that could adversely affect water quality.” UALR holds an individual, non-point source MS4 permit (ARR040020) granted by ADEQ that allows us to responsibly discharge runoff into storm sewers that empty into Coleman Creek and subsequently other waterways downstream. It is UALR’s responsibility to ensure that activities on campus are managed in such a way as to prevent harmful runoff.
As UALR constructs new, renovates existing, or demolishes old buildings, these activities create opportunities for rain events to collect sediments or harmful pollutants and discharge them into Coleman Creek. In an ongoing effort to minimize and eliminate pollution from stormwater, the UALR Environmental Health and Safety Office (EHS) adopted policy and procedure to directly control construction activities on campus that may result in stormwater discharge pollution. These control measures, known as Best Management Practices (BMPs), include prevention measures that are carefully planned to eliminate sediment and/or chemical runoff from construction sites.
In addition to construction, EHS monitors other activities on campus that may cause pollution by stormwater discharge. Chemical waste and accidental spills offer opportunities for pollution. Automotive leaks in parking lots, building mechanical and electrical systems, and any process waste is monitored to ensure that no adverse materials are released into campus waterways or groundwater.
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