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Pollution Prevention Week

Pollution Prevention Week design

September 16-20, 2019

In December 2017, Ohio University was granted a Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit from the Ohio EPA. In June that year, the City of Athens also received an MS4 permit. These permits required development and submission of a Storm Water Management Program (SWMP). Ohio University submitted their SWMP in conjunction with the City of Athens.

The SWMP contains 6 minimum control measures, one of which is Public Education. Ohio University suggested several Public Education measures to meet the EPA's requirements, including the celebration of Pollution Prevention Week on campus. 2019 will be the third Pollution Prevention Week celebrated on Ohio University's campus.

All events are free and open to the public, except marked with an asterisk (*). All events are planned (as of 9/10/19) but are subject to change based on weather conditions.  Check Ohio University Office of Sustainability FacebookTwitter and Instagram (@OHIOsustainable) and the City of Athens FacebookTwitter, Instagram, (@cityofathensoh) The Government Channel and YouTube for Pollution Prevention Week postings and videos!

City of Athens Government Channel employees will also be conducting "Word on the Street" video interviews during the week, asking residents questions about water. View last year's "Word on the Street" videos below:

Pollution Prevention Week Events

Monday, Sept. 16:

  • Pollution Prevention Kickoff, Alumni Gate, 12-2 pm
  • The Stormwater Doodle will visit the Ohio University Campus, 12-2 pm
  • Pollution Prevention Challenge, all week, online instructions 

Tuesday, Sept. 17:

  • Tap vs Bottled Water Taste Test, Ohio University Office of Sustainability, Alumni Gate, 12-2 pm

Wednesday, Sept. 18:

  • Storm Drain Marking with Ohio University Climate & Sustainability Ambassadors, 2:30-4 pm 
  • Man on the Street interviews about storm water by The Government Channel, approximately from 3-4 pm
  • Science Cafe: Guy Riefler, Cleaning up Pollution by Turning it into Paint, 5-6 pm, Front Room Baker Center
  • "Wasteland," movie showing at the Athena Cinema, Ohio University Sustainability Film Series, 7:00 pm

Thursday, Sept. 19:

  • "Sustainable Water," Athens Soil & Water Conservation District, table outside Baker Center 4th floor, 12-2 pm
  • The Stormwater Doodle will visit the Ohio University Campus, 12-2 pm
  • Man on the Street interviews about storm water by The Government Channel, approximately from 1:30-2:30 pm
  • Storm Drain Marking with Ohio University Ecohouse Residents, start at Bingham House, 3:30-4:30 pm

Friday, Sept. 20:

  • "Let's Talk Trash: What's Recyclable in Athens?," Athens-Hocking Recycling Centers, City of Athens Office of Code Enforcement and Community Development, OHIO Campus Recycling & Zero Waste, Alumni Gate, 12-2 pm
  • The Stormwater Doodle will visit the Ohio University Campus, 12-2 pm
  • "Permeability," Athens SWCD presentation to Athens County 4th graders, AG Awareness Day sponsored by the Athens/Meigs Farm Bureau at the Athens County Fairgrounds, 9;30am-1pm *

Ohio University, the City of Athens, and the Athens Soil and Water Conservation District would like to thank the following partners: Athens Hocking Recycling Centers, Farm Service Agency, Ohio University Office of Sustainability, City of Athens Government Channel, and the Ohio University Sustainability Film Series.