An important part of UMass Lowell’s stormwater management program is the Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination (IDDE) program.
Illicit discharges are unauthorized or illegal discharges to the storm drainage system or surface waters, such as:
Illicit discharges harm the quality of our waters by killing fish and aquatic life, and by making our waters unsafe for drinking, swimming or recreation.
UMass Lowell is required to identify and eliminate any illicit discharges discovered. University faculty, staff and students can help by being observant and by reporting any suspected illicit discharge immediately.
If you suspect an illicit discharge or observe improper disposal practices, report the incident to the UMass Lowell Stormwater Contact at 978-934-3131.
Include the following details:
The UMass Lowell Stormwater Contact will follow up on any reported illicit discharge to correct the problem.
With your help we can help improve the water quality of the Merrimack River.