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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Surface Water

The Clean Water Act also regulates any discharges to surface water. Sanitary wastes are discharged to the Suffolk County Department of Public Works (SCDPW) sewage treatment plant located near the north entrance to campus. Effluent from this plant is discharged to the Long Island Sound via the Port Jefferson treatment plant.

What are Environmental Health and Safety's responsibilities?

To help protect the waters of our community and to help Stony Brook University comply with The Certificate to Discharge issued by the SCDPW, Environmental Health and Safety:

  • Works with the campus community to reduce the discharge of pollutants and recommends the use of secondary containment for any hazard that could discharge to the sanitary sewer system.
  • Cleans oil or chemical spills that could reach the sanitary sewer system.
  • Works with faculty operations to identify and eliminate the discharge of storm water and non contact cooling to the sanitary sewer system.
  • Takes a positive approach with regulators and works with SCDPW to track-down and eliminate unlawful discharges.
  • Keeps information on Discharge Certificate up-to-date and modifies our certificate as required.
  • Promotes waste reduction programs that also include water conservation.

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