The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) initiated Phase II of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES)in 2003 to include small municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4s) located within an "urbanized area" into the program, which included the Dearborn campus.
The UM was issued a Certificate of Coverage #MIS040090 under the Jurisdictional NPDES General Permit on April 15, 2009. This permit covers storm water discharges on the University's Ann Arbor, Dearborn, and Flint campuses, along with some additional properties throughout the state that fall within the EPA's defined Urbanized Area boundaries.
The University of Michigan-Dearborn campus is engaged in many activities aimed at eliminating storm water pollution from campus operations. Examples include the Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Control Program and Storm Water Management Plan contain information regarding campus activities and programs.