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Facilities Design & Operations

Utilities Department

Storm Water Rule 13

The Storm Water Quality Management Plan (SWQMP) includes measures to control rain or snow runoff that may pick up natural sediment and man-made litter on its way to our streams and lakes. Impervious areas such as roads, parking lots, building footprints, etc. prevent water from being slowly absorbed into the surrounding ground cover. For these reasons, the University has a SWQMP and has implemented various policies and procedures in order to minimize potential impact of storm water runoff on the environment. The plan consists of Six Minimum Control Measures (listed below).


Storm Water Rule 13 applies to the portions of an urban federal, state, municipal, county, public, or private entity storm water conveyance system that are not combined with sanitary sewage conveyances. Rule 13 conveyance systems include catch basins, curbs, gutters, storm drains, piping, channels, ditches, tunnels, and conduits.

Six Minimum Control Measures

To achieve a minimum level of control of storm water runoff, these measures are divided into six categories:

1. Public Education and Outreach

To increase awareness on the harmful effects of polluted storm water runoff and its potential to affect the water quality of the receiving streams, the University has implemented the following Best Management Practices (BMPs):

2. Public Participation and Involvement

To provide opportunities for the University community to play an active role in both the development and implementation in the SWQMP, the following BMPs have been implemented:

  • Storm Drain Stenciling
  • Lake Monitoring is performed on an annual basis by biology students as part of their department’s curriculum.

3. Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination

To identify illicit discharges and to eliminate improper connections to the University’s storm sewer system, we have implemented the following measures:

  • Illicit Discharge Policy
  • Storm Sewer Mapping – The Utilities Department maintains accurate and up-to-date maps and information relative to the University’s storm water sewer system. These documents are available for review upon request and University approval.
  • Illegal Dumping – Specific departments and University staff members monitor and prevent illegal dumping on University property.

4. Construction Site Storm Water Runoff Control (Rule 5)

To focus on the control of storm water runoff from construction sites, the University has implemented Rule 5 and various associated policies and procedures.

Applicability: This general permit rule applies to construction activities that result in the disturbance of one or more acres of land. Any man-made change of the land surface—including removing vegetative cover that exposes the underlying soil, excavating, filling, transporting, and grading—is considered a land-disturbing activity. When this occurs, the project site owner or developer must apply for coverage under a Rule 5 General Storm Water Permit. For more information, see the following:

5. Post-Construction Storm Water Runoff Control (Rule 5)

The following BMPs have been implemented to reduce pollutant loading directed to receiving streams from development areas:

  • University of Notre Dame Post-Construction Site Storm Water Runoff Control Policy
  • Planning and Development: The University has a long history of planning and development procedures that are applied in all new developments. Details can be found in the Campus Plan available through the University Architect’s Office.
  • Urban Forestry: University procedures protect, preserve, and enhance campus forestry.
  • To protect natural resources, administrative approval is required for tree removal: Tree Removal Permit
  • For further information on the University’s Forestry see Landscape Services.

6. Pollution Prevention and Good Housekeeping

To focus on pollution prevention and good housekeeping, the University has implemented the following BMPs: (Links will be available upon completion.)

  • Road Salt/Deicing Application Practices
  • Vehicle Maintenance
  • Storm Drains and Catch Basin Cleaning: The University inspects, cleans, and properly disposes of debris from storm drains and catch basins on campus.
  • Flood Management Projects: The University has implemented practices to ensure proper storm water protection devices.
  • Lawn Care and Pesticide Program
  • Litter and Debris Control Program
  • Road/Parking Lot maintenance and cleaning procedures
  • Hazardous Materials Management Plan
  • Wellhead Protection Program