Stormwater runoff from campus is one of the primary focal points for water management undertaken by EH&S. In an effort to improve the water quality of this runoff to the surrounding waterways, UW–Madison is a co-permittee of the Madison-area Group WPDES Municipal Storm Water Discharge Permit. This permit sets stormwater management goals and permit requirements. Activities taken to achieve these include:

  • Stormwater illicit discharge and elimination program implementation,
  • The installation of stormwater best management practices,
  • Instituting policies and procedures to protect water quality from snow and ice melt, fertilizers, and pesticide use on UW–Madison controlled properties.

UW–Madison also strives to meet our goals and requirements through the participation in various local partnerships. As a member of the Madison Area Municipal Stormwater Partnership (MAMSWaP), we are a part of a group of municipalities from across Dane County that strives to both reduce the amount and improve the quality of stormwater runoff.  The pooled resources of its members allows this group to conduct more effective efforts in research as well as public information education and outreach.

UW–Madison is also a participant in the Yahara Watershed Improvement Network (WINS) which is an initiative to reduce phosphorus in the Yahara Watershed. Though a watershed adaptive management strategy, the project works to achieve clean water goals and stringent water quality standards.

Drinking Water & Water Quality

Water quality on campus is assessed and monitored by the Environmental and Occupational Health program. Water quality activities undertaken by that program include investigation of received drinking water complaints, conducting water analyses, and monitoring campus swimming beaches/pools. EOH also conducts inspections and sampling to evaluate campus stormwater runoff into Lake Mendota.

Additional Water Management Information


  • Drinking and recreational water quality first report to facility manager
  • Plumbing concern service request
  • EH&S for storm water permitting

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