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USF Stormwater Management Program

Help protect the waterways on and near campus.

Less than 1% of the world’s water supply is fresh water that is accessible for human use and it is replenished by stormwater.  Did you know that 1 gallon of oil can contaminate up to 1,000,000 gallons of water? Human activity is largely responsible for stormwater pollution. Everything that goes on the ground or down the storm drain can end up in our lakes, rivers and even our aquifers. Human activities that can lead to stormwater pollution include vehicle washing and maintenance in parking lots, dumping trash or waste water into storm drains, and allowing runoff from pressure washing to enter storm drains.

The stormwater that runs through the USF storm sewer system enters Lake Behnke and other area streams, and eventually ends up in the Hillsborough River. Curb drains and drains with open metal grates are generally part of the USF storm sewer system and discharging into these structures, intentionally or accidentally, is considered an illicit discharge and is prohibited at USF.

Remember – Only Rain Down the Drain!

Please visit the USF Stormwater Management Program website to learn about:
- Stormwater regulations
- USF’s steps to minimize stormwater pollution
- Ways you can help prevent stormwater pollution on campus and at home

To report illicit discharges or spills to the storm sewer system, contact Environmental Health & Safety at 813-974-4036. After normal business hours, contact the University Police Department at 813-974-2628.

The USF Stormwater Permit Workgroup includes representatives from Facilities Planning & Construction, Environmental Health & Safety, and Physical Plant.

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