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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has a stormwater permit that regulates discharges to surface water. This permit is issued by the NC Department of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ) as part of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES), which was established by the Clean Water Act. UNC-Chapel Hill’s stormwater permit falls under the MS4 (Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System) program.  UNC-Chapel Hill applied for an MS4 permit in 2003, and the first permit was issued in 2007.

The MS4 permit contains six minimum measures:

Some aspects of our program span multiple minimum measures. These include:

Other stormwater program elements are not required by our NPDES permit. These include:

You can also learn how we organize and fund our program: