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Stormwater management, pond on Tamp Campus

Stormwater pollution can have a significant impact on the quality of surface waters and surrounding ecosystems. The University of South Florida strives to mitigate the impact of stormwater runoff from its facilities. To that end, USF is implementing numerous best management practices (BMPs) that will minimize its contribution to stormwater pollution.

Here we offer you information on stormwater regulations, University stormwater management practices and ways you can prevent stormwater pollution both on our campuses and at home.

USF Stormwater Policy

USF Stormwater MS4 Permit

Illicit Discharge

An illicit discharge is any discharge into a storm drain that is not composed entirely of stormwater.

Illicit discharges are a problem because, unlike wastewater which flows to a wastewater treatment plant, stormwater generally flows to waterways without any additional treatment. The stormwater that runs through the university storm sewer system ultimately enters Lake Behnke and other area streams, and eventually ends up in the Hillsborough River.

Examples of illicit discharges include: water from car washing, dumping anything that is not rainwater into storm drains, and runoff from pressure washing activities using chemicals. Curb drains and drains with open metal grates are generally part of the storm sewer system, thus discharging into these structures is prohibited.

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

Illicit Discharge Poster

Good Housekeeping

Good Housekeeping is critical for maintaining compliance with stormwater regulations. Always throw your waste into the appropriate trash or recycling containers and pick up litter observed on campus grounds. It is important to prevent any spills from entering stormdrains, as this would be considered an illicit discharge. See the following Good Housekeeping Practices for more information on ways to keep stormwater pollution to a minimum. 

Preventing spill from entering drain Placing absorbent material or creating a barrier around a stormdrain are options when attempting to prevent a spill from entering a stormdrain. For assistance with spill clean up please contact EH&S at 813-974-4036. 

Stormwater Resources

If you have questions related to stormwater management at USF or would like more information, please see the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) below or contact EH&S at 813-974-4036 

Stormwater is regulated from all levels of government from Federal to the Local level. Here are some helpful links for more information on stormwater outside of USF. 


Federal Storm Water Resources:

EPA National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Stormwater Program

After the Storm-EPA Brochure

Make your Home the Solution to Stormwater Pollution- EPA Brochure

Stormwater and the Construction Industry- EPA Brochure

Water Efficient Landscaping- EPA Booklet

Stormwater Pollution Found in Your Area!- EPA Door Hanger

State Stormwater Resources:

FDEP NPDES Stormwater Program

Southwest Florida Water Management District