UCSC Campus Water Protection Policy: EHS0015
Effective Date: July 1, 2010
Last Revision Date: 00/00/00

UCSC Campus Water Protection Policy

(Policy EHS-0015)

I. Purpose of the Policy

This policy describes how the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) protects local water quality and complies with applicable federal, state, and local environmental laws, regulations, and ordinances. Requirements detailed within the policy ensure campus storm water quality is maintained and campus sanitary sewer discharges can be safely and effectively treated by the local wastewater treatment plant.

II. Definitions

1. Storm Drain. Typically drains on streets, parking lots, loading docks, roofs, and any other exterior surfaces that receive rain water. UCSC storm drains convey water into the natural environment.

2. Storm Water. Any surface flow, runoff, and drainage consisting entirely of water from any form of natural precipitation, and resulting from such precipitation.

3. Sanitary Sewer. Sanitary sewers collect wastewater generated inside buildings and transport it through the campus sewer system to the City of Santa Cruz wastewater treatment plant. The City regulates what can be discharged to the sanitary sewer, to make sure they can properly treat it before discharging it to the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

4. Wastewater. Campus wastewater is generated from restrooms, sinks, laboratories, dark rooms, art studios, shops, and dining hall kitchens.

III. Detailed Policy Statement

A. Environmental and Health Issues

UCSC campus storm drains discharge storm water into the natural environment; it is important to keep storm water clean.

UCSC campus sanitary sewers transport wastewater to the City of Santa Cruz wastewater treatment plant for treatment. The City plant is limited in the type of contamination it can successfully remove. Hazardous, toxic, and exotic contaminants in wastewater can cause hazards for workers and pass untreated into the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

B. Regulatory Requirements

Protection of water quality is mandated by the federal Clean Water Act, the state Porter-Cologne Water Quality Control Act, and other federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and ordinances. There are several regulatory documents detailing requirements  specific to the campus. The most extensive of these is the campus Storm Water Management Plan.

The UCSC Storm Water Management Plan details a wide range of specific activities to:

• educate the campus community regarding the role of storm water and how to reduce negative
   impacts on storm water runoff
• involve the campus public in storm water protection activities
• prevent unhealthy and illegal discharges
• manage storm water on construction sites
• design storm water protections into campus development and redevelopment
• protect storm water quality during campus operations and maintenance activities such as landscape
  maintenance, building maintenance, food facility operations, and university owned vehicle
  maintenance and washing.

The Storm Water Management Plan can be found at http://cleanwater.ucsc.edu/swmp.

C. Responsibilities

Everyone at UC Santa Cruz has a responsibility to protect the quality of our local waterways.

1. Environmental Health & Safety Office:

Environmental Health & Safety develops, coordinates, and monitors the implementation of campus water protection programs in collaboration with UCSC Campus Units having direct responsibility for executing and managing the programs. Environmental Health & Safety acts as a liaison to regulatory agencies and facilitates monitoring, training, reporting and outreach activities.

2. Managers, Supervisors, and Principal Investigators:

a. Evaluate activities and facilities under their supervision that may negatively impact wastewater or storm water quality and ensure appropriate controls are in place. A partial list of such activities and facilities includes: research and teaching laboratories; photography laboratories; food service operations; painting and other construction work; landscape and athletic field maintenance; custodial activities, outdoor cleaning, and vehicle washing activities.

b. Ensure that individuals under their supervision who conduct activities with potential impact on wastewater or storm water quality receive training in the campus Drain Disposal Guidelines, the storm water Best Management Practices found in the Storm Water Management Plan, and any other applicable requirements, as appropriate to the activity.

c. Curtail or stop activities if they reasonably believe the activity is not in compliance with this policy or laws and regulations. If the situation cannot be corrected immediately, notify Environmental Health & Safety.

3. Students, Faculty, Staff, Visitors, Outside Contractors, and Guests:

Each member of the campus community is responsible to ensure compliance with environmental regulations concerning campus storm water quality and sanitary sewer discharges. It is the responsibility of all students, faculty, staff, visitors, contractors, and guests to adhere to this and other campus policies and programs that protect the campus. For information on related responsibilities, refer to the Regents Policy, “University of California Policy on Management of Health, Safety, and the Environment” at http://www.ucop.edu/ucophome/coordrev/policy/PP102805_HSE.pdf

D. Campus Requirements

1. Storm drains may collect only storm water. Exceptions are permitted only with the written approval of Environmental Health & Safety or if included in the conditions of a water permit such as the Storm Water Management Plan.

2. Best Management Practices identified in the UCSC Storm Water Management Plan are required to be implemented. For further information refer to the Storm Water Management Plan, which can be found at http://cleanwater.ucsc.edu/swmp.

3. Sinks, floor drains, toilets, and other fixtures connected to sanitary sewers may be used only for disposal of materials that do not pose a threat to campus sewer systems and can be fully treated by the City of Santa Cruz wastewater treatment plant.

4. To determine if a material can be disposed through the sewer systems, consult the campus Drain Disposal Guidelines. For additional assistance contact Environmental Health & Safety at 459-2553.

5. Accidental discharges of inappropriate materials to drains (wastewater or storm water) must be reported immediately to Environmental Health & Safety, 459-2553.

6. Persons observing potentially harmful discharges into a storm drain or sewer drain should contact Environmental Health & Safety or the University Police immediately.

E. Prohibitions

The following are prohibited by this policy:

1. Any discharge to the storm drain system that is not composed entirely of storm water; is not a discharge from fire-fighting activities; or has not been granted a written exception in either the Storm Water Management Plan, in a separate water permit, or from the Environmental Health & Safety Office.

2. Any piped connection that discharges to the storm drain system and has not been documented in approved plans.

3. Any sanitary sewer discharge that is not compliant with the campus Drain Disposal Guidelines and the City of Santa Cruz Sewer System Ordinance.

F. Enforcement

Upon discovery, any piped connection that discharges to the storm drain system and has not been documented in approved plans will be eliminated by Physical Plant. For additional information refer to the Storm Water Management Plan, which can be found at http://cleanwater.ucsc.edu/swmp.

A violation of this policy, which results in a violation of state or federal law, may subject the responsible party (person or department) to possible legal, criminal and/or civil penalties.

IV. Getting Help

The campus Environmental Health & Safety Office provides training and assistance to campus units (including help with completing forms, carrying out procedures, or interpreting policy).

If you need help with ...  Contact ...
…questions about this policy. …Environmental Health & Safety, 459-2553.
…emergencies involving storm water or wastewater concerns. …9-1-1.
…storm drain and sanitary sewer malfunctions. …the campus Work Order desk, 459-4444.
…determining whether a particular drain connects to the storm drain or to the sanitary sewer system. …the campus Work Order desk, 459-4444.
…a storm water concern. …Environmental Health & Safety, 459-2553.
…a wastewater concern. …the Environmental Programs Manager, 459-3541.
…construction requirements. …Physical Planning & Construction, 459-2170.
…implementation of Storm Water Best Management Practices. …the Environmental Programs Manager, 459-3541.

…training or other education on water quality protection.

…the Environmental Programs Manager, 459-3541.
…determining if a material can be disposed through the sanitary sewers. …Environmental Health & Safety, 459-2553.

V. Applicability and Authority

This UCSC Campus Water Protection policy applies to all campus locations and individuals on the UCSC campus.

This is a new policy and thus supersedes any campus practices in existence prior to its effective date.

The campus Environmental Health & Safety Office on behalf of the Vice Chancellor of Business and Administrative Services is the campus authority for the UCSC Campus Water Protection policy.

This policy was reviewed and approved by Campus Provost/Executive Vice Chancellor, Alison Galloway on October 6, 2010. Next review date is 2015.

VI. Related Policies/References for More Information

Related Policies and Procedures

University of California Policy on Management of Health, Safety, and the Environment: http://www.ucop.edu/ucophome/coordrev/policy/PP102805_HSE.pdf

UCSC Storm Water Management Plan: http://cleanwater.ucsc.edu/swmp

UCSC Drain Disposal Guidelines: http://ehs.ucsc.edu/environmental_programs/pubs/Drain_Disposal_Guide.pdf

Campus Standards Handbook, Office of Physical Planning & Construction: http://ppc.ucsc.edu/consultants/standards.html


Environmental Health & Safety Environmental Programs: http://ehs.ucsc.edu/environmental_programs

City of Santa Cruz Sewer System Ordinance: http://www.codepublishing.com/CA/SantaCruz/html/SantaCruz16/SantaCruz1608.html#16.08.020

United States Clean Water Act: http://cfpub.epa.gov/npdes/cwa.cfm?program_id=45.

State of California Porter-Cologne Water Quality Control Act: http://ceres.ca.gov/wetlands/permitting/tbl_cntnts_porter.html

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