Water Quality Information

Stormwater Management Plan

What is stormwater?

Stormwater runoff carries pollutants into waterbodies. Stormwater is water from rain or melting snow that doesn't soak into the ground but runs off into waterways. It flows from rooftops, over paved areas and bare soil, and through sloped lawns while picking up a variety of materials on its way. The quality of runoff is affected by a variety of factors and depends on the season, local meteorology, geography and upon activities which lie in the path of the flow.

What's the Problem?

As it flows, stormwater runoff collects and transports pollutants to surface waters. Although the amount of pollutants from a single residential, commercial, industrial or construction site may seem unimportant, the combined concentrations of contaminants threaten our lakes, rivers, wetlands and other water bodies. Pollution conveyed by stormwater degrades the quality of drinking water, damages fisheries and habitat of plants and animals that depend on clean water for survival. Pollutants carried by stormwater can also affect recreational uses of water bodies by making them unsafe for wading, swimming, boating and fishing. According to an inventory conducted by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), half of the impaired waterways are affected by urban/suburban and construction sources of stormwater runoff.

View Our Stormwater Management Plan here

Water Quality

During the winter months when the air is dry it is common for skin irritation to develop. See these links below for conditions that may be caused by dry skin and how you can prevent them:

Mayo Clinic Contact Dermatitis Page

American Academy of Dermatology Association Webpage

Lead Testing Survey

There has been a lot of local and national media coverage recently regarding lead in drinking water.In an effort to be as proactive as possible, Binghamton University contracted with Microbac Labs to conduct water testing for leadin a sampling of buildings on campus during the week of March 28, 2016.

Since lead piping and lead solder have not been allowed in new construction since the1980's, we focused most of our attention on older buildings on campus, a few newer, and also included the Institute for Child Development and Campus PreSchool since they house the population most vulnerable to lead. 

The sample collection method called for the water source to be inactive for at least 6hours prior to collection. We collected a total of 82 representative samples from the selected buildings.

All samples were below the EPA Safe Drinking Water Act action level for Lead and Copper Rule (LCR) (1991) of 0.015 mg/L (15 ppb) and below The Lead Contamination Control Act (LCCA) (1988) of 0.020 mg/L (20 ppb).