Discharges to Surface Water
If you suspect or know of an activity causing a discharge to surface water or storm sewer, please contact OEP so we can obtain the proper permit or find a feasible alternative.
Discharges to Sanitary Sewer
The UConn Storrs WPCF operates under a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit. The NPDES permit is issued by CT DEP. The WPCF discharges its treated effluent to the Willimantic River at a location just downstream of the Eagleville Pond dam. UConn Facilities Operations runs and maintains the sewer system and the treatment plant, including all compliance monitoring.
Any new sources of domestic wastewater that will be greater than 50,000 gallons per day must be covered under the CT DEP domestic sewage general permit. Any new, non-domestic discharges must be covered by a CT DEP general permit or by an individual State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (SPDES) permit.
There are various General Permits available for different categories of non-domestic wastewater. In a college campus environment, the following types of wastewater could be expected.
Each General Permit has unique conditions and requirements, including routine testing in some cases. If you are planning a campus project or improvement that will involve a new source of wastewater,
please contact OEP so we may review your plan and discuss permitting options.
To improve the overall water quality of Eagleville Brook, UConn carefully reviews all new construction projects within the watershed to help identify ways that additional impervious surfaces can be effectively off-set. This is done in support of the DEP’s Total Maximum Daily Load analysis for Eagleville Brook. The TMDL concluded that the amount of impervious surfaces (roadways, sidewalks, rooftops) contributed to the impaired water quality and established the goal to reduce on-campus impervious surfaces within watershed.
In 2009-2010, the UConn Nonpoint Education for Municipal Organizations (NEMO) coordinated a project to survey the campus region of the watershed. The project assessed 110 potential stormwater retrofit opportunities at 51 project sites watershed. Out of the analysis came a “Top Ten” list of priority retrofits, for which the team created conceptual drawings. The intent is not necessarily to implement these practices exactly as conceived, but to inform the design process as building and renovation take place on campus. See the project technical report for more information.
The NEMO program has also developed a website devoted to the Eagleville Brook Impervious Cover TMDL project. The website can be found at http://clear.uconn.edu/projects/tmdl/.
The “Level A” maps prepared by UConn outline the aquifer protection areas surrounding its water supplies along the Willimantic and Fenton Rivers. These maps were approved by the CT DEP Aquifer Protection Program. Also, the Town of Mansfield and the Town of Coventry have incorporated the UConn aquifer protection areas into their municipal mapping.
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