MTSU Stormwater Program

MTSU is co-permitting with the City of Murfreesboro for their National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) MS4 Permit. This permit is required by the Tennessee Department of Conservation as mandated by the Environmental Protection Agency under the Clean Water Act of 1972.

Middle Tennessee State University is located at 1301 East Main Street, Murfreesboro, TN 37132-0001 in Rutherford County. Campus spans mainly from Middle Tennessee Blvd., to Greenland Dr., to Rutherford Blvd. and finally to E.Main Street.

The primary goal of this MS4 is to improve the quality of surface waters by reducing the amount of pollutants in the runoff water. Polluted stormwater runoff is commonly transported through Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4s), from which it is often discharged untreated into local waterbodies. To prevent harmful pollutants from being washed or dumped into an MS4, operators must obtain a NPDES permit and develop a stormwater management program.

Phase II requires regulated small MS4s in urbanized areas, as well as small MS4s outside the urbanized areas that are designated by the permitting authority, to obtain NPDES permit coverage for their stormwater discharges.  



Volunteers Needed!  

Squad Boss Training Dates for Park Day
We're looking for people willing to help us make our Park Day 2018 Volunteer Event a success by leading small groups of 5-6 volunteers in our work to remove invasive exotic plants and trash from Fortress Rosecrans, Old Fort Park and the Lytle Creek Greenway.  The two-hour training session will teach you the skills needed to effectively guide your team on Park Day 2018.  
All training sessions will begin at the park matinenance area located at the end of the road that is directly across the Old Nashville Highway from the gate to the visitor center parking lot.   Please call 615-893-9501 or email at to let them know that you will be attending.  Dates are:  
Tuesday, March 27, 10am-12pm
Saturday, March 31, 10am-12pm
Saturday, April 7, 12:30pm-2:30pm
Sunday, April 8, 2pm-4pm 

Park Day 2018
Saturday, April 14th, 8:30am-12:30pm
Where:  Picnic Pavilion #1, Murfreesboro's Old Fort Park 
Join us to remove invasive plants, beautify your park & greenway, and enjoy the outdoors!  Lunch will be provided.  
Registration is open to individuals & groups.  To register or for more information, call 615-893-9501 or email  More information can also be found at

Earth Day Celebration on the Square
Saturday, April 21, 10am-2pm
Where:  Murfreesboro's Historic Downtown Square
Refreshments, children's activities & live entertainment.  Environmental & educational booths on site.  


Visit our page at myMT for our event calendar and news! 

 Volunteers needed!  Do you or your group need service hours?