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Stormwater Management

Purpose and Scope

The University is responsible for planning, operating, monitoring, maintaining, and protecting stormwater facilities and systems at WSU campuses, in accordance with federal, state, and local regulations.

Applicability

This SPPM section is applicable to WSU Pullman, WSU Spokane, WSU Tri-Cities, and WSU Vancouver.

Regulatory Requirements

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Washington Department of Ecology (DOE) have determined that stormwater pollutants are a major source of surface water pollution in the United States. Federal and state regulations and permits require control and management of stormwater facilities and systems in accordance with the DOE’s Eastern and Western Washington Phase II Municipal Primary and Secondary Stormwater Permits (see WAC 173-226-230), and the city or regional ordinances of Pullman, Richland, Spokane, and Vancouver, where applicable.

NOTE: DOE Construction Stormwater General Permit requirements are incorporated into the Eastern and Western Washington Phase II Municipal Stormwater Discharge Permits and the Stormwater Management Programs.

Stormwater Management Programs

The University has developed Stormwater Management Programs (SWMPs) for WSU Pullman, WSU Spokane, WSU Tri-Cities, and WSU Vancouver.

Refer to the following pages in this section for further information regarding stormwater management at the four WSU campuses:

See Definitions for definitions applicable to the SWMPs.

Definitions

Stormwater

Stormwater is defined as the portion of precipitation that does not naturally percolate into the ground or evaporate, but instead runs off paved roads and parking lots, roofs, and other impervious surfaces during rainfall or snow melt. Stormwater can also come from hard or saturated grass surfaces, such as lawns, pastures, and playfields, and from gravel roads.

As water runs off these surfaces, it can pick up pollutants, such as oil, fertilizers, pesticides, soil, trash, and animal waste.

Total Maximum Daily Load

A Total Maximum Daily Load (TDML) is a water cleanup process that is a calculation of the maximum amount of a pollutant that a water body can receive and still meet applicable water quality standards.

Illicit Discharges

Illicit discharges are prohibited from entering storm sewers and surface waters.

An illicit discharge is defined as any discharge that is not stormwater, which can include but is not limited to:

  • Potable water sources (water line flushing, fire hydrant flushing, and pipeline hydrostatic test water, unless the discharge is dechlorinated and volumetrically and velocity controlled to prevent resuspension of sediments).
  • Discharges from lawn watering and other irrigation runoff.
  • Street and sidewalk wash water, water used to control dust, and routine external building washdown.
  • Car washing activities.
  • Soil erosion from construction sites, including street cleaning.
  • Illicit connections such as sanitary sewers tied into storm sewers.
  • Swimming pool discharges.
  • Spilling, dumping, or otherwise improperly disposing of hazardous materials, pet waste, and litter.

Discharges from emergency fire fighting activities are not considered illicit discharges.

WSU Pullman

Reporting Illicit Discharges, Concerns, or Emergencies

Individuals may report illicit discharges, concerns, or emergencies to the campus offices indicated below:

During University Business Hours

Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S); telephone 509-335-3041.

Before or After University Business Hours

Facilities Services, Operations; telephone 509-335-9000.

Stormwater Committee

The Stormwater Committee coordinates and makes decisions for the WSU Pullman campus stormwater management system and program to meet the Eastern Washington Phase II Municipal Stormwater Primary and Secondary Permit requirements and Pullman city ordinances, where applicable.

Stormwater Committee Member Positions

The Stormwater Committee has one chair and several staff representatives.

Chair

The chair position rotates between the following University positions on an annual basis:

  • Environmental Health and Safety
    Director
  • Facilities Services, Operations
    Executive Director, Architecture, Engineering, and Construction Services
  • Facilities Services, Capital
    Director, Construction Services
Staff Representatives

The following University positions serve as staff representatives to the Stormwater Committee:

  • Facilities Services, Operations
    Director, Plant Services
  • Transportation Services
    Director
  • Environmental Health and Safety
    Air and Water Quality Manager
    Facility Health and Safety Coordinator
  • Facilities Services, Capital
    Project Manager
  • Housing and Dining Maintenance Services
    Assistant Director
Stormwater Management Program (SWMP) Components

The WSU Pullman SWMP has the following components:

  • Public education and outreach
  • Public involvement and participation
  • Illicit discharge detection and elimination
  • Construction site stormwater runoff and control
  • Post-construction stormwater management for new development and redevelopment
  • Pollution prevention and good housekeeping for municipal operations
  • Monitoring, program evaluation, and recordkeeping requirements
  • Compliance with Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) requirements (see Definitions).
Program Document

The most current version of the WSU Pullman SWMP is available to the public from the EH&S website. The University encourages public participation and input in the continued development of the SWMP.

To view the WSU Pullman SWMP, go to EH&S website at:

ehs.wsu.edu/ph/StormwaterManagement.html

Responsibilities

The Stormwater Committee coordinates the implementation of the WSU Pullman SWMP and permit components. The following are specific departmental responsibilities. Refer to the SWMP for more details.

Facilities Services, Operations

Facilities Services, Operations is responsible for:

  • Staff education and outreach.
  • Public involvement and participation.
  • Illicit discharge detection and elimination.
  • Construction site stormwater runoff and control.
  • Pollution prevention and good housekeeping for municipal operations.
  • Post-construction stormwater management for new development and redevelopment.
  • TMDL requirements (see Definitions).
EH&S

Environmental Health and Safety is responsible for:

  • Public education and outreach.
  • Public involvement and participation.
  • Illicit discharge detection and elimination.
  • Monitoring, program evaluation, and recordkeeping requirements.
  • Construction site Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) reviews.
  • TMDL requirements (see Definitions).
Facilities Services, Capital

Facilities Services, Capital is responsible for:

  • Construction site stormwater runoff and control (including acquisition of DOE Construction Stormwater General Permits).
  • Design of post-construction stormwater management facilities for new development and redevelopment.
  • Contractors.
Transportation Services

Transportation Services is responsible for:

  • Staff education and outreach.
  • Illicit discharge detection and elimination.
Housing and Dining Services

Housing and Dining Services is responsible for:

  • Staff and public education and outreach.
  • Illicit discharge detection and elimination.
  • Pollution prevention and good housekeeping for municipal operations.
  • Post-construction stormwater management for new development and redevelopment.

WSU Spokane

Reporting lllicit Discharges, Concerns, or Emergencies

Individuals may report illicit discharges, concerns, or emergencies before, during, or after normal University business hours to WSU Spokane EH&S; telephone 509-358-6699; or WSU Spokane Facility Services; telephone 509-358-7994.

Stormwater Management

At the WSU Spokane campus, WSU Spokane EH&S and WSU Spokane Facility Services coordinate and make decisions for the campus stormwater management system and program to meet the Eastern Washington Phase II Municipal Stormwater Secondary Permit requirements and Spokane city ordinances, where applicable.

SWMP Components

The WSU Spokane SWMP has the following components:

  • Public education and outreach
  • Public involvement and participation
  • Illicit discharge detection and elimination
  • Construction site stormwater runoff and control
  • Post-construction stormwater management for new development and redevelopment
  • Pollution prevention and good housekeeping for municipal operations
  • Monitoring, program evaluation, and recordkeeping requirements
Program Document

The most current version of the WSU Spokane SWMP is available to the public by contacting WSU Spokane Facility Services, telephone 509-358-7994. The University encourages public participation and input in the continued development of the SWMP.

Responsibilities

WSU Spokane EH&S and WSU Spokane Facility Services coordinate the implementation of the WSU Spokane SWMP and permit components. The following are specific departmental responsibilities. Refer to the SWMP for more details.

WSU Spokane EH&S

WSU Spokane EH&S is responsible for:

  • Public education and outreach.
  • Public involvement and participation.
  • Illicit discharge detection and elimination.
  • Construction site stormwater runoff and control.
  • Pollution prevention and good housekeeping for municipal operations.
  • Post-construction stormwater management for new development and redevelopment.
  • Monitoring, program evaluation, and recordkeeping requirements.
WSU Spokane Facility Services

WSU Spokane Facility Services is responsible for:

  • Public education and outreach.
  • Public involvement and participation.
  • Illicit discharge detection and elimination.
  • Construction site stormwater runoff and control.
  • Pollution prevention and good housekeeping for municipal operations.
  • Post-construction stormwater management for new development and redevelopment.
  • Monitoring, program evaluation, and recordkeeping requirements.
WSU Spokane Campus Development

WSU Spokane Campus Development is responsible for:

  • Construction site stormwater runoff and control (including acquisition of DOE Construction Stormwater General Permits).
  • Design of post-construction stormwater management facilities for new development and redevelopment.

WSU Tri-Cities

Reporting lllicit Discharges, Concerns, or Emergencies

Individuals may report illicit discharges, concerns, or emergencies to the campus offices indicated below:

During University Business Hours

WSU Tri-Cities EH&S; telephone 509-372-7163.

Before or After University Business Hours

WSU Tri-Cities Emergency Line; telephone 509-372-7234.

Stormwater Management

At the WSU Tri-Cities campus, the Vice Chancellor of Finance and Administration coordinates and makes decisions for the campus stormwater management system and program to meet the Eastern Washington Phase II Municipal Stormwater Secondary Permit requirements and Tri-Cities regional ordinances, where applicable.

SWMP Components

The WSU Tri-Cities SWMP has the following components:

  • Public education and outreach
  • Public involvement and participation
  • Illicit discharge detection and elimination
  • Construction site stormwater runoff and control
  • Post-construction stormwater management for new development and redevelopmen
  • Pollution prevention and good housekeeping for municipal operations
  • Monitoring, program evaluation, and recordkeeping requirements
Program Document

The most current version of the WSU Tri-Cities SWMP is available to the public by contacting WSU Tri-Cities EH&S; telephone 509-372-7163. The University encourages public participation and input in the continued development of the SWMP.

Responsibilities

The WSU Tri-Cities Vice Chancellor of Finance and Administration coordinates the implementation of the WSU Tri-Cities SWMP and permit components. The following are specific departmental responsibilities. Refer to the SWMP for more details.

WSU Tri-Cities EH&S

WSU Tri-Cities EH&S is responsible for:

  • Public education and outreach.
  • Public involvement and participation.
  • Illicit discharge detection and elimination.
  • Construction site stormwater runoff and control.
  • Monitoring, program evaluation, and recordkeeping requirements.
WSU Tri-Cities Facilities Department

WSU Tri-Cities Facilities Department is responsible for:

  • Construction site stormwater runoff and control.
  • Pollution prevention and good housekeeping for municipal operations.
  • Post-construction stormwater management for new development and redevelopment.
Facilities Services, Capital

Facilities Services, Capital at WSU Pullman is responsible for the following functions at WSU Tri-Cities:

  • Construction site stormwater runoff and control (including acquisition of DOE Construction Stormwater General Permits).
  • Design of post-construction stormwater management facilities for new development and redevelopment.
WSU Tri-Cities Campus Marketing

WSU Tri-Cities Campus Marketing is responsible for:

  • Public education and outreach.
  • Public involvement and participation.

WSU Vancouver

Reporting lllicit Discharges, Concerns, or Emergencies

Individuals may report illicit discharges, concerns, or emergencies to the campus offices indicated below:

During University Business Hours

WSU Vancouver EH&S; telephone 360-546-9706; or WSU Vancouver Facilities Operations; telephone 360-546-9000.

Before or After University Business Hours

WSU Vancouver Public Safety; telephone 360-546-9001.

Stormwater Management

At the WSU Vancouver campus, the Vice Chancellor of Finance and Operations and the Director of Capital Planning coordinate and make decisions for the campus stormwater management system and program to meet the Western Washington Phase II Municipal Stormwater Secondary Permit requirements and Vancouver city ordinances, where applicable.

SWMP Components

The WSU Vancouver SWMP has the following components:

  • Public education and outreach
  • Public involvement and participation
  • Illicit discharge detection and elimination
  • Construction site stormwater runoff and control
  • Post-construction stormwater management for new development and redevelopment
  • Pollution prevention and good housekeeping for municipal operations
  • Monitoring, program evaluation, and recordkeeping requirements
Program Document

The most current version of the WSU Vancouver SWMP is available to the public from the WSU Vancouver EH&S website. The University encourages public participation and input in the continued development of the SWMP.

To view the WSU Vancouver SWMP, go to the WSU Vancouver EH&S website at:

admin.vancouver.wsu.edu/ehs/environmental-health-safety

Responsibilities

The Director of WSU Vancouver EH&S Facilities Operations coordinates the implementation of the WSU Vancouver SWMP and permit components. The following are specific departmental responsibilities. Refer to the SWMP for more details.

WSU Vancouver EH&S Facilities Operations

WSU Vancouver EH&S Facilities Operations is responsible for:

  • Illicit discharge detection and elimination.
  • Pollution prevention and good housekeeping for municipal operations.
  • Post-construction stormwater management for new development and redevelopment.
  • Monitoring, program evaluation, and recordkeeping requirements.
WSU Vancouver EH&S EH&S

WSU Vancouver EH&S EH&S is responsible for:

  • Public education and outreach.
  • Public involvement and participation.
  • Monitoring, program evaluation, and recordkeeping requirements.
WSU Vancouver EH&S Capital Planning and Development

WSU Vancouver EH&S Capital Planning and Development is responsible for:

  • Construction site stormwater runoff and control (including acquisition of DOE Construction Stormwater General Permits).
  • Design of post-construction stormwater management facilities for new development and redevelopment.
WSU Vancouver EH&S Public Safety

WSU Vancouver EH&S Public Safety is responsible for illicit discharge detection and elimination enforcement.