Storm Water Pollution Prevention
In February 2005, Indiana University submitted Part C of the NPDES Phase II permit application for their Storm Water Quality Management Plan (SWQMP). The SWQMP outlines Indiana University's commitments to implementing minimum control measures and best management practices in order to have as little of an impact on the environment as possible. In April 2005, IUB received a Notice of Sufficiency, legally binding them to the SWQMP.
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 in storm water runoff, we can limit the detrimental effects and help ensure a pristine and viable environment for generations to come.
Indiana University Bloomington is a member of the Monroe County Storm Water Environmental Education Team (SWEET). Other SWEET member agencies include: Monroe County Government, Monroe County Soil & Water Conservation District, Monroe County Solid Waste Management District, Monroe County Purdue Extension Office, City of Bloomington, Town of Ellettsville, and Ivy Tech State College Bloomington. The SWEET conducts monthly meetings to share ideas and combine efforts on water quality education. The Indiana Department of Environmental Management recognized the efforts of the SWEET at the Annual MS4 Storm Water meetings in 2012 and 2013.