Programs and Services

Stormwater Management

Stormwater management means to reduce polluted rainwater runoff from impervious surfaces such as pavement and roofs, preventing it from entering streams, rivers, and coastal waters. The USF community implements best management practices (BMPs) to minimize our contribution to stormwater pollution. These are explained in the documents below:

Illicit DischargeS

An illicit discharge is any discharge into a storm drain that is not composed entirely of stormwater. This means that anything other than rain that falls from the sky and enters a storm drain is an illicit discharge. Polluted stormwater runoff can enter the storm sewer system through curb inlet drains and grated inlets.

Illicit discharges are a problem because stormwater flows to waterways without any treatment. The stormwater that runs through USF’s storm sewer system enters Lake Behnke and other area streams, eventually reaching the Hillsborough River.

Examples of illicit discharges include wastewater from car washing and runoff from pressure washing using chemicals. Always throw your waste into the appropriate trash or recycling containers and pick up litter observed on campus grounds to prevent it from entering the storm sewer system

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

Stormwater Resources

If you have questions related to stormwater management at USF or would like more information, please refer to the references below or contact EH&S at 813-974-4036.

USF Stormwater Resources

State Stormwater resources

Federal StormWater Resources: