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Public Education and Outreach Program

UVA has worked with its municipal partners through the Rivanna Stormwater Education Partnership to develop a Public Education and Outreach Program for stormwater pollution prevention in the local area. UVA is always seeking public input and suggestions related to the plan, the targeted issues, and proposed outreach methods. Background information on the plan, the partners, and how the program was created is outlined in the following presentation:

If you would like to comment on the Public Education and Outreach plan, please submit comments by using the Environmental Resources email form.

Members of the UVA community who are interested in helping to improve stormwater on Grounds are encouraged to get involved with or learn more about the Stormwater Taskforce through the team's blog or Facebook page.

Stormwater Pollution Prevention Tips

Pollution can be prevented in many ways. Listed below are tips to help prevent pollution on Grounds and in the community.

  • Follow all University standard operating procedures
  • Follow Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans for your facility, if applicable
  • Wash University vehicles only at UVA Parking and Transportation or at a commercial car wash
    • At home, wash your car on the grass or at a car wash that recycles its water
  • Dispose of cleaning water into sanitary sewer drains only
  • Ensure all laboratory waste and hazardous waste is disposed of properly
    • Visit UVA Environmental Health and Safety for more information
    • If you have any other questions about proper waste disposal contact UVA Environmental Health and Safety at (434) 982-4911
  • Outdoor surfaces at UVA cannot be washed unless the wash water empties into a sanitary drain or the water can be contained and collected for disposal into a sanitary drain
  • Walk on paved paths and sidewalks — creating dirt paths increases erosion and sediment runoff
  • Cigarette butts are litter too, so properly dispose of them in appropriate waste receptacles
  • Pick up your pet’s waste and dispose of it properly, as runoff contaminated with pet waste is harmful to streams
  • Use fertilizer and pesticides sparingly and when used, apply according to label directions
  • Sweep up grass and other vegetated clippings from sidewalks, roadways, and gutters
  • If you are not on public sewer, make sure your septic tank is pumped out regularly
  • Direct water from downspouts into vegetated areas or collect it in a rain barrel to use for watering plants
  • Never dump anything down a storm drain!