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TCC begins effort to protect environment from pollution

By Steve Knight/reporter

TCC is doing its part to preserve area creeks, lakes and rivers by developing a storm water management program.

W&M Environmental Group, Inc., a consulting company based in Plano, has been contracted by TCC to assist with concerns related to the potential for pollution from campuses to enter storm sewer systems, which could contaminate natural water resources, endangering plants and animals.

“ At this stage, we are developing the policies and procedures as well as identifying runoff locations, storm sewers and potential problems with current facility design,” said Steven Kleypas, TCC director of hazardous materials management.

In addition to campus facilities, the program includes an educational outreach program intended for students, faculty, staff and contractors.

“ We want to raise awareness of the need to protect the storm water, which flows across TCC campuses and into the campus storm drains,” said Cynthia Pfledderer, project manager from W&M Environmental Group.
Pfledderer said the program aims to prevent or reduce pollutants from entering the storm water stream that empties into the Trinity River and area lakes.

“ Students are an important part of the TCC community and can assist in the effort by increasing awareness of storm water issues and by following water protection practices,” she said.

Pfledderer said these practices include keeping the campus free of litter, picking up pet waste and properly using and storing chemicals for trade-focused programs.

In 2005, the city of Dallas initiated a storm water education program through its “Where does it go? ” media campaign.

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