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Stormwater Management

The goal of the University’s stormwater management efforts is to ensure that stormwater runoff from the APSU campus does not adversely impact receiving bodies of water.

General Information

What is stormwater runoff?

Stormwater runoff occurs when precipitation from rain or snowmelt flows over the ground. Impervious surfaces like driveways, sidewalks, and streets prevent stormwater runoff from naturally soaking into the ground.

Why is stormwater runoff a problem?

Stormwater can pick up debris, chemicals, dirt, and other pollutants and flow into a storm sewer system or directly to a lake, stream, river, wetland, or coastal water. Anything that enters a storm sewer system is discharged untreated into the waterbodies we use for swimming, fishing, and providing drinking water.

What can citizens do to help protect nearby bodies of water?

  • Never dump anything down storm drains
  • Recycle or properly dispose of household products that contain chemicals, such as insecticides, pesticides, paint, solvents, and used motor oil and other auto fluids. Don't pour them onto the ground or into storm drains.
  • Don't overwater your lawn. Consider using a soaker hose instead of a sprinkler.
  • Use pesticides and fertilizers sparingly. When use is necessary, use these chemicals in the recommended amounts. Use organic mulch or safer pest control methods whenever possible.
  • You can collect rainwater from rooftops in mosquito-proof containers (Rain Barrels). The water can be used later on lawn or garden areas.
  • Plant vegetated filter strips are areas of native grass or plants created along roadways or streams. They trap the pollutants stormwater picks up as it flows across driveways and streets.
  • Promptly repair vehicle and equipment leaks

What are some examples of Management Practices at APSU that help protect stormwater from contamination?

  • Neat and orderly storage of chemicals
  • Prompt cleanup of spills
  • Regular garbage pickup and disposal
  • Regular inspections of all oil-containing drums, reservoirs, and tanks
  • Equipment is routinely inspected for leaks
  • Training of Physical Plant and Athletics employees regarding appropriate watering and application of pesticides
  • Fertilizers and Pesticides are stored inside to prevent runoff into storm drains

To Report an Incident

To report an environmental incident, including dumping or other discharges to a stormwater drain, please contact the Physical Plant at 221-7456, or EHS at 221-6103, or email Carl Gerhold at

  APSU Stormwater Links

Stormwater Management: The Basics