UMSL helps helps protect our local and regional environment is through stormwater management. Across campus impervious surfaces such as pavement and roofs prevent precipitation from naturally soaking into the ground. Instead, water can run rapidly into storm drains, sewer systems and drainage ditches ultimatley carrying contaminents downstream into creeks, streams, and rivers. UMSL sits on three water sheds, Maline Creek, Engleholm Creek, and the Mississippi River. UMSL tracks its stormwater management through a several permits from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. You can review UMSL’s Stormwater Discharge Permit materials via the links below.
In order to protect our downstream creeks, it is important to keep contaminants out of the storm sewers. Trash, household chemicals, car fluids, food and kitchen waste cannot be dumped into storm sewers. Improper stormwater management, especially illegal dumping can cause:
- Downstream flooding
- Stream bank erosion
- Increased turbidity (muddiness created by stirred up sediment) from erosion
- Habitat destruction
- Combined storm and sanitary sewer system overflows
- Infrastructure damage
- Contaminated streams, rivers and coastal water
If you see anyone dumping anything into the campus storm sewer, please contact EHS by email or comment form below. Protecting local creeks and streams is all of our responsibility. To explore other ways to protect our environment both on and off campus visit the UMSL Sustainability Office.