Colored Dye Events
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All Storm Drains on Campus Connect Directly to Local Streams
- Draw a map of your event, and make a note of streams and storm drain locations.
- Call UNC’s Environment, Health and Safety Department at 919-962-5507 for a pre-event site visit.
Preventing Runoff from Entering Storm Drains, Creeks or Protected Areas
- If the event will be held on a small, contained area, cordon off the area and place enough tarps on the ground to cover the entire site.
- Protect storm drains by using berms and covering the drains with tarps.
- Require participants to not throw the dye within 100 feet of any stream.
- Set up color stations at least 100 feet from any stream.
- Request a copy of the dye product’s MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) from the manufacturer or supplier. Review MSDS for potential safety and environmental hazards, and e-mail a copy to EHS at email@example.com.
- Biodegradable does NOT mean that the substance can go into the local streams. The dye material can harm aquatic organisms by altering water quality and chemistry.
- Dry off tarps and stained wet pavement with towels or absorbent pads.
- Do not use hoses or pressure washers to rinse excess dye off of tarps, sidewalks or paved areas!
- Use brooms or street sweepers to clean up paved areas.
- Call EHS at 919-962-5507 if you need any help with the clean-up requirements.
- Call EHS at 919-962-5507 immediately (24/7) if any colored water enters a stream.