What is UM-Flint Doing to Improve Water Quality?
Stormwater Management and Preventative Measures taken at UM-Flint
The University of Michigan-Flint is putting forth effort in the educating, enforcing, thinking and acting going beyond compliance! Protecting storm drains and stormwater from contaminants is done through a number of ways from: stenciling of storms drains, public awareness, employee training, utilization of best management practices, and looking into the future. The University of Michigan-Flint is continually looking for new ways to further improve water quality in the Flint River.
Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan & Other Preventative Measures
The goal of UM-Flint’s Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) is to improve water quality by maximizing control of significant materials and reducing the level of such materials in stormwater so the discharges from the Facilities and Operations (F&O) complex will not cause a violation of Michigan’s surface water quality standards. The UM-Flint campus is covered under the UM-Ann Arbor’s NPDES Permit No. MIS040090. As a condition of the coverage under MIS040090, The updated UM-Ann Arbor’s Stormwater Management Program Plan (SWMPP), May 2010, includes the regional campuses (Dearborn and Flint).
The contents of UM-Flint’s SWPPP are outlined below;
- Campus Map
- List of all significant materials that could pollute stormwater
- An evaluation and written description of the reasonable potential for contribution of significant materials to run off
- Identification of the discharge point(s) through which material may be discharged if released
- A listing of all significant spills and significant leaks of significant polluting materials
- A summary of existing stormwater discharge sampling data.
- SWPPP Maintenance
- Comprehensive Site Inspection (Quarterly)
- Housekeeping Procedures
- Material Handling Procedures and Storage Requirements
- Spill Prevention and Response
- Erosion and Sediment Control
- Employee Training – SWPPP PowerPoint
- Significant Materials Expected to be in Stormwater Discharges
- Structural Controls for Prevention and Treatment
Monitoring and Enforcement of environmental requirements on the UM Flint Campus is accomplished through a sustained and collaborative effort on behalf of the University's EHS, DPS, F&O, and other departments on the Flint and Ann Arbor campuses. Several University environmental programs exist and administered through UM Flint EHS that provide clear guidelines when performing activities that may have the potential to impcat storm water , surface water, soil, or other environmental conditions. and resources. Some of these program include the following:
These programs work together to help improve storm and surface water quality.
Think & Act Going Beyond Compliance
How can we further enhance our collective efforts in stormwater management and surface water protection?
- Improving UM-Flint water discharge quality.
- Consistent monitoring and protecting of storm drains by university staff.
- Utilizing Best Management Practices (BMP's) or improving standard operating procedures.
- Containment of work site.
- Monitor and enforce BMP's internally and with contractors.
Best Management Practices
Expanding our environmental stewardship of our campus community and pushing to further improve environmental quality, particularly water quality of the Flint River and the Flint River Watershed is beneficial to ensure the future of our natural resources.