The Clean Water Act regulates any discharges to water to ensure that water quality standards are maintained. It is illegal for any one to discharge any pollutant into the US waters unless they are permitted to do so. The University of Stony Brook discharges water to both ground water and surface waters.
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- What are Environmental Health and Safety's responsibilities?
- What are your responsibilities?
Stony Brook University is located above the aquifer that is the source for Long Island's drinking water. The Suffolk County Department of Public Works (SCDPW) monitors drinking water quality and maintains the safe standards for water provided to Stony Brook University.
What are your responsibilities?
- Never dispose of hazardous materials by dumping them outside.
- Always use secondary containment for hazardous materials that could discharge to ground water.
- Clean-up oil or chemical spills that could reach groundwater.
- Report any chemical spills to Environmental Health and Safety at (631) 632-6410.
- Remember that water discharging to groundwater will become our drinking water in the future.