Clean Water

Wetland on campusThe 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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Ground Water

The Clean Water Act regulates any discharges to ground water. Non-contact cooling water used in the East and West Heating plant cooling towers, water used for building air conditioning or water used as process cooling water is discharged to recharge basins on-site.

What are your responsibilities?

  • Never dispose of hazardous materials by dumping them outside.
  • Always use secondary containment for hazardous materials that could discharge to storm drains (even road salt needs to be stored under cover.)
  • Never change your oil or antifreeze on campus.
  • Clean-up oil or chemical spills that could reach the storm drains.
  • Report any oil or antifreeze leaks to Environmental Health and Safety at (631) 632-6410
  • Use fertilizer with lower levels of nitrogen on your lawn
  • Don't let your dog contribute to ground water pollution
  • Remember that water discharging to our storm drains will become our drinking water in the future

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