MS4-Stormwater Policy

The University of Texas at Tyler is covered under the Texas Pollutant Discharge Elimination System General Permit TXR040000. As a condition of this permit, the University must participate in community education and illicit discharge controls. For the purposes of the Permit, illicit discharge is defined as any discharge to the University storm sewer system that is not entirely composed of stormwater. It is, therefore, unlawful for any person to knowingly allow any substance, other than stormwater, to enter the University storm sewer system. Prohibited substances can include, but are not limited to, paint, motor oil, automotive coolant, food grease/oil, acids, detergents, trash and litter, etc. Discharges with a potential to reach the storm sewer system can include releases of automotive fluids from vehicles in the University parking lots. If a student's vehicle leaks any automotive fluids on University property, notice will be posted on the windshield by the University Police and the vehicle may be towed if it is disabled in place for a period longer than 48 hrs.  Accidental or observed intentional discharges should be immediately reported to Campus Police at 903.566.7300 and EH&S at 903.566.7011. Anyone wishing to report a discharge and remain anonymous can report the spill or release using the Campus Illicit Discharge or Spill Report form located at