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Environmental Health and Safety

Environmental Health and Safety



Stormwater Managment & Pollution Prevention 

Cohen Center PondGator in front of campus storm drain

Located in the headwaters of the Estero Bay estuary, our campus is situated in an environmentally sensitive location. Florida Gulf Coast University is part of an interconnected regional watershed system that eventually spills into the Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve and ultimately the Gulf of Mexico. Important ecosystem services and economic activities depend on the health of our watershed and the bay so it is important to be good stewards of our campus stormwater systems. 
Stormwater can pick up pollutants that flow into our wetlands, groundwater, and oceans, negatively impacting these bodies of water. We need to prevent any discharge that is not entirely composed of stormwater from entering the storm drains. 
The State of Florida Generic Permit for Discharge of Stormwater from Phase II Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4) can be found here. 
Click HERE to watch our Student Video to Prevent Stormwater Pollution. 
             Click here for Stormwater Management Training PPT                       Click here to report an illicit discharge

How YOU can help us ensure that only rain enters storm drains

  • Please keep campus free of litter and debris.
  • Recycle responsibly. Learn how here.
  • Properly dispose of chemicals and hazardous materials such as paint and cleaning solutions. Take hazardous materials to Lee County's Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility
  • Please take motor vehicles, golf carts, tractors, and boats to off-campus washing stations.
  • Change motor oil and fluids off-campus. Used motor oil is accepted for recycling at any auto parts store free of charge.
  • Get involved with service-learning opportunities and help us create artistic outreach activities. 
  • Call us to report accidents such as oil spills or if you see people improperly disposing of wastes. 
  • Additional information is available on the Environmental Health & Safety Training Course in Canvas.
  • Contact us at 239-590-1414 or with any questions or concerns.   


Spread the word! Download our stormwater brochure here.

(Printing tip: Select double-sided and flip on short side)

See additional resources, videos, and brochures here.