Storm Water Management Program

Storm water is rain or snow melt which has run off the land including hard, “impervious” surfaces like roads, roofs and car parks. Traditionally storm water has been piped away from these hard surfaces and discharged untreated into the nearest waterway (e.g. - stream, beach, harbor, and wetland). Early studies of urban storm runoff on State waters showed a negative correlation with the amount of impervious surface and urbanization to health and biodiversity of the waterways. Storm water runoff is a major source of pollution and we are beginning to take the necessary preventative steps to minimize its effects.

Our modern lifestyles are a major contributor to storm water pollution, delegating the responsibilities associated with managing storm water to both a regional and individual level. There is no simple solution. But by reducing or eliminating the amount of pollutants allowed to be washed away, we can limit the detrimental effects associated with storm water runoff; helping ensure a pristine and viable environment for generations to come.

Storm Water Pollution Prevention:

The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse is a Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) with a discharge permit issued by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) in January 2006. The permit requires a program with six Minimum Control Measures (MCMs), Best Management Practices (BMPs) for each MCM, and Measurable Goals for each BMP. The University’s Storm Water Management Program Plan describes the MCMs, BMPs, measurable goals, target dates, and our program rationale. The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse's first Storm Water Management Program Plan (SWMPP) was completed in May 2008.

The six minimum control measures are:

  1. Public Education and Outreach on Storm Water Impacts
  2. Public Involvement
  3. Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination
  4. Construction Site Storm Water Runoff Control
  5. Post-Construction Storm Water Management
  6. Pollution Prevention/Good Housekeeping for Municipal Operations

Our current SWMPP is available for viewing or downloading from this website.

For program information, to report illegal dumping activity, if you have any suggestions, or want to help with the storm water pollution prevention program email Environmental Health and Safety, or call (608) 785-6800.  

One of the greatest things you can do is to educate others about storm water pollution prevention!

*Forward Comments on plan or reports to Environmental Health and Safety.