Storm Water Management

Facilities Management is in charge of storm water management on campus.

The EPA has a focus on decreasing and controlling storm water run off. Some of the issues are:

  • Reduce flooding of the underground system
  • Reduce water running across the surface into streets, parking, and walks
  • Reduce contaminants into the water stream
  • Annual cleaning of catch basins

Remedies have included:

  • Storm water retention/detention structures
  • Oversized catch basins
  • Oversized tiles
  • Increased plantings
  • Surface drain roofs that drain onto grass
  • Underground water storage structures

Regulations include:

  • Testing of outflow waters
  • Mapping of water flows
  • Permits for outflows and volumes
The regulations are administered by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM). Valparaiso University is a co-applicant with the city of Valparaiso.