Stormwater runoff occurs when precipitation from rain or snowmelt flows over the land surface. The addition of roads, driveways, parking lots, rooftops and other surfaces that prevent water from soaking into the ground to our landscape greatly increases the runoff volume created during storms.
The goals of stormwater planning are to:
- reduce flood damage, including damage to life and property;
- minimize, to the extent practical, any increase in stormwater runoff from any new development;
- reduce soil erosion from any development or construction project;
- assure the adequacy of existing and proposed culverts and bridges, and other in-stream structures;
- maintain groundwater recharge;
- prevent, to the greatest extent feasible, an increase in nonpoint pollution;
- maintain the integrity of stream channels for their biological functions, as well as for drainage;
- minimize pollutants in stormwater runoff from new and existing development to restore, enhance, and maintain the chemical, physical, and biological integrity of the waters of the state, to protect public health, to safeguard fish and aquatic life and scenic and ecological values, and to enhance the domestic, municipal, recreational, industrial, and other uses of water; and
- protect public safety through the proper design and operation of stormwater basins.
UCONN Center for Land Use Education and Research & CT NEMO The Stormwater MS4 guide was developed by the NEMO program at the UConn Center for Land Use Education and Research with funding from the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP). It is part of a broad outreach effort to provide guidance, training, tools and other support to help MS4 communities and institutions comply with the requirements of the new MS4 general permit. This is a living/evolving website. Materials will be added throughout the 5 year project period in response to permit timeline and community needs.
For more information, please visit NEMO’s website.
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Stormwater Contact Info:
For questions or concerns related to stormwater at the Storrs or Avery Point Campuses, please contact the UCONN Office of Environmental Policy at: firstname.lastname@example.org