|University of Arkansas at Little Rock|
|Policy Name: Stormwater Management|
|Policy Number: 701.32|
|Effective Date: August 1, 2010|
The purpose of this Stormwater Management Program (SWMP) is to comply with the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) General Permit ARR040000 pursuant to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) code 40 CFR 122.32. In accordance with the Arkansas Water and Air Pollution Control Act (Act 472 of 1949, as amended, Ark. Code Ann. 8-4-101 et seq.), and the Clean Water Act (33 U.S.C. 1251 et seq.), the discharge of stormwater from the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) is authorized. UALR holds an MS4 Individual Permit ARR040020 in which ADEQ grants, by primacy, UALR this authority to discharge stormwater runoff under the terms and conditions specified in ARR040000. UALR has completed a Notice of Intent (NOI) and this SWMP complies with Parts 2, 3, and 4 of the permit. The UALR Facilities Management (FM) departmentâ€™s Associate Vice Chancellor (AVC) is responsible for administering the SWMP. Policy and program development is managed by the UALR Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) Assistant Director in conjunction with the UALR Environmental Health and Safety Committee (EHSC).
Purpose and Intent
UALR consists of approximately 13,360 students, staff, and faculty. Universities are, within their borders, essentially a small community where people live and work every day. It is therefore each community memberâ€™s responsibility to recognize why and how stormwater pollution is generated and transported to affected waterways. In addition, contractors who work at UALR are under requirements to maintain practices that prevent runoff pollution from their activities. It is Facilities Managementâ€™s goal to monitor, inform, and train those in the community as to the best methods to maintain the integrity of the waters on campus and downstream. UALR has evaluated the permit requirements for the six minimum control measures specified in Part 3.2 of the general permit. Based on that review, UALR has selected Best Management Practices (BMPs) for each control measure that UALR believes will accomplish the overall goal of reducing pollution from stormwater runoff to the Maximum Extent Practicable (MEP). The Assistant Director of EHS is responsible for developing goals and identifying/implementing BMPs under ARR040020. The EHSC reviews and assists with program development.
Reviewing and Updating the SWMP
The EHSC will review the SWMP annually and evaluate the implementation and effectiveness of the SWMP components. If the SWMP needs to be revised, those revisions will be performed by EHS under advisement of the EHSC. When finalized, a revision(s) will be sent to ADEQ along with an explanation for and description of the changes.
UALR will evaluate program compliance, the appropriateness of identified BMPâ€™s, and progress towards achieving identified measurable goals. The UALR campus has retention areas for stormwater that eventually drain to the Coleman Creek, which runs into the Fourche Creek Wetlands, which runs into the Arkansas River, which runs into the Mississippi River and on to the Gulf of Mexico. For UALR at this time, a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) has not been established for the receiving waters. In addition, none of the steam areas on campus is 303(d) listed for impaired waters. Therefore, UALR will not sample and analyze the discharge from the small MS4 under an established program; however, if circumstances dictate the need for sampling and analysis, UALR will act appropriately. In addition, UALR may wish to sample according to construction site stormwater management protocol.
BMPs and other mechanisms will be reviewed at least annually and as needed to validate whether current methods are effective. Each method under the six minimum control measures have different and separate BMPs and each will be qualified on its own merit by the EHSC. Recommendations will be forwarded to EHS and FM.
BMPs and Measurable Goals
BMPs and measurable goals are established by assessment of needs based on project parameters and specific conditions. EHS, the EHSC, and FM work together to establish the best methods and goals to mitigate runoff pollution and achieve a desired outcome. These three entities represent a cross section of expertise in environmental, chemical, biological, engineering, and construction ideologies. Long-term goals are coordinated by the AVC of FM according the master design plans.
UALR will submit an annual report to ADEQ by June 1, 20XX for the previous year. UALR will report information required in Parts 3.2 and 4.3 of the general permit.
Source: Environmental Health and Safety, February 12, 2009
Revised: August 1, 2010
Approved By: Environmental Health and Safety Committee, Aug. 1, 2010
Custodian: Environmental Health and Safety