What is stormwater and why is it regulated?
Stormwater runoff is generated when it rains or snows on impervious surfaces such as roads, walkways, buildings and other areas where it does not infiltrate the soil. The EPA has determined that stormwater in urban areas is the leading cause of surface water pollution (rivers, lakes, oceans). As a result, Federal and State regulations only allow stormwater to be discharged to stormwater systems.
WSU Spokane stormwater system
Storm drains and catch basins are located throughout the WSU Spokane campus to collect and remove excess runoff from parking lots and roadways during wet weather. Stormwater is not treated to remove pollutants before entering surface waters.
In order to meet the national standards WSU Spokane is responsible for protecting the stormwater system at the Riverpoint campus.
The goal of the WSU Spokane stormwater management program is to ensure that stormwater generated on University property does not adversely impact surface and ground water. This website is intended to assist the WSU community in understanding how the University's stormwater system operates, what the law requires, and what you can do to reduce contamination of stormwater.
Report illicit discharges and spills
An illicit discharge is anything other than stormwater that enters the storm water system.
Report illicit discharges and spills to the Spill Hotline.
- (509) 368-6699 During regular business hours (MF;8-5)
- (509) 358-7995 After regular business hours
- 911 If the spill or activity represents an immediate threat to human health or the environment
Stormwater awareness survey
Please help us benchmark our stormwater awareness campaign by answering a quick survey on stormwater.
The WSU Stormwater Management Program is overseen by the Stormwater Committee which is comprised of representatives from EH&S, Facilities Operations, Capital Planning & Development, and Parking & Transportation Services. If you have any comments, concerns or questions please contact EH&S at: