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Pollution of surface waters due to storm water runoff is of great concern. As rainwater drains off the land and into the storm water system, it picks up various pollutants and contaminants. These pollutants include:

  • Automotive fluids
  • Sediment and silt
  • Landscaping chemicals
  • Pet wastes
  • Litter
  • And yard waste

All of which can cause problems for waterways and aquatic organisms.

Automotive fluids often contain toxic chemicals, metals, and organic hydrocarbons.

Sediments and silts can adversely affect the natural habitat of aquatic life.

Landscaping chemicals can contain chemicals toxic to aquatic life and nutrients which contribute to the reduction of available oxygen in water.

Pet waste can contribute to the reduction of available oxygen.

Litter is a macro pollutant which has many adverse effects.

Yard wastes have many potential impacts including macro pollutants, and reducing oxygen as they decompose. Decomposition products can also be toxic to aquatic life.


Tom Javins
Associate Director
Engineering and Utilities
(406) 243-2127

UM Stormwater Program

The University of Montana, along with Missoula City and County, Montana DOT, and the Missoula Water Quality District, has applied for a storm water permit to protect the surface waters of the Clark Fork River from contamination.This permit puts certain requirements on UM to ensure that the potential for pollution is minimized.See more! »

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