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Stormwater is rainwater and melted snow that runs off streets, lawns, and other sites. When stormwater is absorbed into the ground, it is filtered and replenishes aquifers or flows into streams and rivers. In developed areas, however, impervious surfaces such as pavement and roofs prevent precipitation from naturally soaking into the ground. Instead, the water runs rapidly into storm drains, sewer systems, and drainage ditches and can cause:

  • Downstream flooding
  • Stream bank erosion
  • Increased turbidity from erosion
  • Habitat destruction
  • Changes in the stream flow
  • Contaminated streams, rivers, and coastal water

Although UAF is not located directly on a river or slough, we do have a stormwater system that connects to culverts and ditches that ultimately discharge into the Chena River.

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Municipal Stormwater Permit

Noyes Slough Annual Cleanup
Noyes Slough Annual Cleanup

UAF is a co-permittee with the City of Fairbanks, the Alaska Department of Transportation and the city of North Pole for discharges from storm water discharge systems. Every year these parties work together to reduce pollution to the Chena River and Noyes Slough from pollutants carried in snowmelt and rain. One example is the Annual River Cleanup.


Stormwater Construction Permits

UAF has construction projects almost every summer.  Whenever a project disturbs an acre or more of land, including laydown areas and disturbances that are less than an acre but part of a larger project, a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) must be developed and a Notice of Intent must be submitted to the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (ADEC).

The Department of Design and Construction ensures that our contactors complete and comply with their SWPPPs.  EHSRM supports their efforts as well.

Get the facts about the requirements for the construction general permit from ADEC.


15th Annual Stream Cleanup Day

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TVWA and Fairbanks Storm Water Advisory Committee

Invite you to partcipate!

When: Saturday, June 8 th from 9am - 12pm

Where: Noyes Slough and Chena River
Check in @ Lion's Park Picnic Shelter on Danby Rd

What: Come out and help clean Noyes Slough and Chena River. We will provide supplies like trash bags, gloves, snacks and a cool t-shirt! Children under 13 - bring an adult

Who: You and anyone you think might be interested!

For additional information, contact: Andrew Ackerman at 907-459-6836 or

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Tshirts from Cleanup Chena day

On Saturday June 9, using the combined efforts of FSWAC members, City PW staff, Lion’s Club members, a donation from HC Contractors, and 30 local citizen volunteers we successfully pulled 900 lbs of garbage out our local waterways! Thanks to everyone who helped make this a huge success!