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.
Municipal Stormwater Permit
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.