Environmental Health & Safety

Environmental Programs

UC Risk & Safety Software Applications

What are Environmental Programs?

EH&S helps you plan your work and activities so that they are safe for you and others. Environmental Programs provides information and guidance on compliance with regulations that protect the environment.


Air Quality Permitting and Reporting

See a list of all UCR air quality permits, and a copy of the UCR 2016 Annual Emission Report Summary.

See a copy of the 2015 UCR AB2588 Health Risk Assessment Summary

Current Air Quality Index and Forecast

Check the Current Hourly Air Quality Index Map at the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) website. You can also check the SCAQMD website for Current Air Quality, Forecasts, and Advisories.

 Sign Up For SCAQMD Air Quality Alerts!

Click here to check the current Air Quality Index

Click here to check the current Air Quality Forecast (text) (map)(pdf)

Stormwater - UCR Phase II Small MS4 Permit

The UCR campus has recently been designated a non-traditional permittee under the recently adopted Phase II MS4 Small statewide general storm water permit. This permit became effective July 1, 2013 and its requirements will be implemented over the next five years. Learn more about the Phase II MS4 permit at the State Water Resources Control Board Phase II MS4 General Permit website.

UC Riverside has submitted its Notice of Intent for coverage under the Phase II Small MS4 General Permit. View a copy of the UCR July 2013 Initial Guidance Document (PDF) and UCR Phase II Small MS4 Permit Boundary Map (PDF) submitted with the Notice of Intent.

Click here to view a summary of the Phase II Small MS4 General Permit requirements by permit year for UCR and other non-traditional permittees.

The Phase II Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) General Permit  (Phase II Permit) requires the development and implementation of a Program Effectiveness Assessment and Improvement Plan (PEAIP). The PEAIP must address each of the elements outlined in Provision F.5.h for non-traditional small MS4s. The PEAIP must include the strategy that UC Riverside will use to track the short- and long-term effectiveness of the stormwater program, the specific measures that will be used to assess the effectiveness of the prioritized best management practices (BMPs), groups of BMPs, and/or the stormwater program as a whole, and a description of how UC Riverside will use the information obtained through the PEAIP to improve the stormwater program.

UC Riverside’s stormwater program addresses pollutants of concern (POCs) and implements a range of BMPs; however, consistent with the Phase II MS4 permit requirements, the PEAIP will present a plan for assessing the effectiveness of a subset of prioritized BMPs that are focused on high priority POCs. This approach provides a manageable assessment program that can be improved, targeted, and refined. UC Riverside has developed this PEAIP as a guidance document for its stormwater staff to assist them in conducting program effectiveness assessments (EAs).   The PEAIP outlines the approach that UC Riverside will use to adaptively manage its stormwater program to improve its effectiveness at reducing the identified high priority POCs, thereby achieving the maximum extent practicable (MEP) standard and protecting water quality.  Click here to view a copy of the UC Riverside PEAIP.

Biennial Staff Pollution Prevention/Good Housekeeping training is available upon request by contacting Amanda Grey at amanda.grey@ucr.edu or (951) 827-2416. Learn about Source Control Best Management Practices (BMPs) for stormwater pollution prevention related to operations by referring to these California Stormwater Quality Association (CASQA) Source Control BMP Fact Sheets: 

SC-10 Non-Stormwater Discharges SC-43 Parking and Storage Area Maintenance
SC-11 Spill Preventon, Control and Cleanup SC-60 Housekeeping Practices
SC-20 Vehicle and Equipment Fueling SC-61 Safer Alternative Products
SC-21 Vehicle and Equipment Cleaning SC-70 Road and Street Maintenance
SC-22 Vehicle and Equipment Repair SC-71 Plaza and Sidewalk Cleaning
SC-30 Outdoor Loading and Unloading SC-72 Fountain and Pool Maintenance
SC-31 Outdoor Container Storage SC-73 Landscape Maintenance
SC-32 Outdoor Equipment Maintenance SC-41 Building and Grounds Maintenance
SC-33 Outdoor Storage of Raw Materials SC-74 Drainage System Maintenance
SC-34 Waste Handling and Disposal I SC-76 Water and Sewer Utility Maintenance
SC-75 Waste Handling and Disposal II  

Stormwater pollution prevention is critical to protection of the Santa Ana River, our local receiving water. Learn more about the Santa Ana River Trail & Parkway at the Santa Ana River Trail & Parkway website. Learn about water resource management in the Santa Ana watershed at the Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority (SAWPA) website.

Under new legislation, long stretches of the river's flood control channel will have trails and parks...Read here about the Santa Ana River Conservancy Program.

Sanitary Sewer System Management Plan

Learn more about our Sewer System Management Plan at our UCR SSMP webpage, and about the Sanitary Sewer Overflow (SSO) Reduction Program at the State Water Resources Control Board SSO website.

Click here to learn about sanitary sewer overflows, and where to call if you need to report an SSO on campus.

Plant Services and Housing Operations staff can click here for an SSO Report Form (checkbox form) or click here for a CIWQS Online Database Entry Form (fillable PDF form)

Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasures Plan (SPCC Plan)

To meet federal oil pollution prevention requirements, UCR is required to have a Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasures Plan (SPCC Plan). The SPCC Plan sets forth preventive measures and response planning to assure that an oil spill from bulk or portable oil storage is contained and that countermeasures are established to prevent oil spills that could reach surface waters. Click here to see UCR's 2015 SPCC Plan.


Information on the UCR Former Pesticide Waste Pits Site

Revised Erosion Control Plan (2015)

2016 Five Year Review Report

Appendices A-B to 2016 Five Year Review Report

Appendices C-D to 2016 Five Year Review Report

Integrated Pest Management

Integrated pest management is a pest management strategy that focuses on long-term prevention or suppression of pest problems with minimum impact on human health, the environment and nontarget organisms.


Refrigerant Management Software login page

UCR Sustainability webpage


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Environmental Health & Safety

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