Indiana University – Bloomington is considered one of the most beautiful campuses in the nation, thanks in part to the small streams that lazily wind their way through campus – the Jordan River and Griffy Creek. Recognizing that we are a part of the larger community of the White River Watershed, the university prides itself on maintaining a high degree of water quality in this natural resource through environmental policies and state compliance programs. The three programs that guide water quality efforts at IUB are the Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasures (SPCC) program, the Storm Water Management program, and the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program.
The SPCC program identifies and controls or eliminates potential sources of petroleum contamination to surface waters in the unlikely event of a spill.
The NPDES program identifies and regulates discharges into surface waters to prevent pollution of the surface water. For point source discharges that are subject to this regualtion, permits are issued that require the discharged water to meet certain quality parameters before it is released so that it will not negatively impact the surface water. IUB currently has one point source discharge that is subject to NPDES regulation. It is monitored monthly to insure compliance with permit requirements.
Storm Water Management is a subset of the NPDES program that addresses contamination from point and non-point sources carried to surface waters by storm water runoff mainly through storm drains or across impervious surfaces. Permits are issued and must be abided based on best management practices for controlling contamination. At IUB sources of contamination that can be picked up by storm runoff include construction activities, facilities maintenance, accidental spills, and potentially illegal dumping. IUB has developed a management program to address these sources of contamination. The most visible component of this effort has been the marking of all storm drains on campus. Never dump trash or chemical products into storm drains! Many of the drains on campus lead directly to the Jordan River.