Stormwater Management

Our stormwater management team works to reduce the effects of erosion and sedimentation from University activities...

Only 3 % of the earth’s water can be used as drinking water

Cornell’s sustainability efforts include our Stormwater Management Program, which works to protect our University’s water resources, minimize any impact to the Cayuga Lake Watershed, and comply with federal, state and local stormwater regulations. Our stormwater management team works to reduce the effects of erosion and sedimentation from University activities and address other issues including how stormwater runoff is impacted by construction activities on our campus. Construction activity can greatly impact the amount of runoff water causing flooding and erosion and the amount of pollution resulting from stormwater discharges. Our team works to ensure that the proper inspections and procedures are in place to reduce this pollution to the greatest extent possible by getting involved in projects during early planning phases to ensure compliance goals, provide stormwater orientation and training to contractors prior to construction activities, periodic inspections, and continuous interactions with project managers, construction managers and contractors.

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