Stormwater Pollution Prevention

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP), Bureau of Non-Point Pollution Control requires that all state run facilities address stormwater quality issues related to new development, redevelopment, and existing development by requiring regulated entities to implement Statewide Basic Requirements (SBRs).

The Office of Capital Planning & Project Management maintains Montclair State University’s Stormwater Pollution Prevent Plan (SPPP) Public Complex Stormwater Permit.  The public complex stormwater permit authorizes the discharge of stormwater from large publicly owned complexes such as colleges and universities.

Public Complexes are required to develop, implement, and enforce a stormwater program. This program shall be designed to reduce the discharge of pollutants from the Public Complex’s storm system to the maximum extent practicable, to protect water quality, and to satisfy the appropriate water quality requirements of the Federal Act and the State Act by including the Statewide Basic Requirements (SBRs) set forth in the permit.

This office files the permit, maintains the records, provides the training and coordinates the compliance responsibilities with the appropriate University departments.  Those University departments include the following: Facilities Maintenance and Energy Management, Environmental Health and Safety, Design and Construction, and Campus Planning.

MSU completes an Annual Report (on a form provided by the NJDEP) summarizing the status of compliance with this permit including measurable goals and the status of the implementation of each SBR and BMP contained in Part I, Section F of the permit. This report shall include a certification that the Public Complex is in compliance with its stormwater program, SPPP and this permit.

What is stormwater pollution?

Water from rain and melting snow that flows over lawns, parking lots and streets is known as stormwater runoff. This water, which travels along gutters, into catch basins and through storm drain pipes and ditches, usually is not treated, but then flows or is discharged into local waterbodies. Along the way, the stormwater picks up trash (fast-food wrappers, cigarette butts, styrofoam cups, etc.) and toxins and other pollutants (gas, motor oil, antifreeze, fertilizers, pesticides and pet droppings). This polluted stormwater can kill fish and other wildlife, destroy wildlife habitat, contaminate drinking water sources and force the closing of beaches because of health threats to swimmers.

Human activity is largely responsible for the stormwater pollution. Everything that we put on the ground or into the storm drain can end up in our water. Each of us has a responsibility to make sure these contaminants stay out of our water. Whether we have clean water is up to you.

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For more information, please visit the NJDEP's Clean Water NJ site.