The Federal Clean Water Act (CWA) indicates that stormwater discharges associated with industrial activity from a “point source” to “waters of the United States” are unlawful, unless authorized by a National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit. U.S. EPA has delegated NPDES permitting authority to Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Environmental Protection Division (EPD).
Stormwater runoff is generated from rain and snowmelt events that cannot percolate into the land as fast as it can flow over land or impervious surfaces, such as paved streets, parking lots, and building rooftops. The runoff picks up pollutants like trash, chemicals, oils, and dirt/sediment that can harm our rivers, streams, lakes, and coastal waters.
Georgia Southern protects our natural resources by using best management practices (BMPs) to minimize or eliminate pollution at the source.
Last updated: 5/3/2018