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Illicit Stormwater Discharge Program  


The purpose of this program is to prohibit illicit discharges to the University of North Florida’s Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) in compliance with Phase II of the Environmental Protection Agency’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program.



The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) regulates illicit discharges to surface waters in the state of Florida. In an effort to address this type of pollution, stormwater management regulations were established to reduce the impact of contaminated stormwater runoff from certain MS4s. Under the regulations outlined in F.A.C. 62-624, the University of North Florida (UNF) is required to comply with these requirements.

As a condition of the stormwater regulations, regulated MS4s are required to prohibit illicit discharges. An illicit discharge is any discharge to the UNF campus storm sewer system that is not composed entirely of stormwater with the exceptions of State recognized exclusions or activities covered by a specific discharge permit.


As part of the UNF’s commitment to environmental stewardship, all illicit discharges to the UNF campus stormwater system are prohibited.


Roles and Responsibilities

UNF President:

The President assures that UNF maintains compliance with all state, federal and local regulations related to environmental health and safety.

Employees, Students, Contractors, and Visitors:

  • Shall comply with all aspects of the UNF MS4 Permit.
  • Shall not discharge any illicit materials to the UNF storm sewer system.
  • Shall report any observed illicit discharges to the Department of Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) or the University Police Department (UPD).

Colleges, Departments, Units, and Contractors:

  • Shall take appropriate actions to ensure that illicit materials are not discharged to the UNF storm sewer system in the course of activities related to their operations or the operations of those working under their purview.
  • Shall ensure that if an illicit discharges is discovered within a college, department, unit, or contractor’s jurisdiction, they will ensure that the discharge has ceased and that appropriate measures have been taken to remediate the situation.
  • Shall report all illicit discharges to UNF EHS or University Police Department.
  • Will bear the financial responsibility of remediating any environmental contamination resulting from illicit discharges related to their activities or the activities of their employees. 

Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S):

  • Shall respond to all reports of illicit discharges and take necessary actions to mitigate releases to include procuring and directing cleanup operations. If required remedial actions are beyond the ability of EH&S, a contractor may be called to complete the remediation.
  • Is responsible for notifying environmental authorities, as required by law, in the event of an illicit discharge.
  • Shall provide guidance to the UNF community regarding the prevention of illicit discharges.