Environmental, Health, and Safety Programs
Wellhead Protection Program
The University of Notre Dame Utilities Department operates and manages the campus potable water system. The University received Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) approval for its initial Wellhead Protection Plan (WHPP) in 2004 and the University subsequently updated the plan in 2011 and 2016. The WHPP consists of management strategies to prevent groundwater contamination, as well as a delineation of the University’s Wellhead Protection Area (WHPA). The WHPA is determined through extensive groundwater modeling and establishes the geographical boundary that the University is committed to protect from groundwater contamination. A copy of the IDEM-approved WHPP is available for onsite review at the Utilities Department, 100 Facilities Building. A map of the University’s WHPA can be found here:
National Pollution Discharge Elimination System
The University is permitted by the IDEM to discharge storm water runoff from construction sites throughout campus. The University Utilities Department is a designated Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) and is required to have permits for all construction sites with land-disturbing activities of greater than one acre. The appropriate University departments and contractors perform regular inspections of site erosion control measures to ensure their adequacy and permit compliance.
Storm Water Rule 6 – Industrial Site Storm Water Runoff
The University is permitted by the IDEM to discharge storm water runoff from its industrial area (Utilities Complex). The University performs annual storm water sampling, testing, and reporting in compliance with this permit.
The IDEM requires the University to develop a Storm Water Quality Management Plan (SWQMP) that culminates with the implementation of Best Management Practices (BMPs) that address six minimum control measures. These BMPs prevent or minimize the impact of storm water runoff into off-campus water bodies.
This IDEM issued permit allows for the use of non-contact cooling water from St. Joseph Lake in the operation of the Power Plant. This non-contact cooling water is used to cool plant equipment and is returned to the lake without contamination. Monthly water quality sampling and reporting is performed to ensure the water quality of the lake is maintained.
This IDEM-issued permit allows for the discharge of the Boiler No. 4 Dewatering Bin to St. Joseph Lake. Monthly water quality sampling and reporting is performed to ensure the water quality of the lake is maintained.
Integrated Contingency Plan and Spill Prevention and Contingency Control Plan
The Utilities Department and the Risk Management and Safety Department maintain an Integrated Contingency Plan (ICP) that consolidates and enhances existing University procedures to prevent spills and respond in a unified manner to contain and clean up any potential hazardous spills.
Title V Operating Permit
This IDEM-issued permit consolidates all existing campus air emission sources of regulated pollutants into one permit document that specifies emission limits, compliance monitoring methods, and record keeping and reporting requirements. The Title V is reviewed every five years to ensure that all requirements are kept current with regulations. The University’s first Title V permit was issued in June of 2004, and an updated permit has been issued in 2009.