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!  

Volunteers needed!  Do you or your group need service hours?  We have several opportunities for the spring semester!

Upcoming events:  

  • Murfreesboro's National Public Lands Day - Saturday, September 28 from 8:30am-12:30pm.NPLD 2019
    We will join thousands of volunteers across the nation in celebrating the 26th year of National Public Lands Day by working to preserve and improve our public lands.  We will remove invasive exotic plants, modern fencing & trash from the park's McFadden Unit located at 2600 Van Cleve Lane.  In the process, we will improve the condition of the battlefield & the Stones River watershed.  To register for the event:

  • Squad Boss Training for National Public Lands Day - We're looking for people willing to help us make our National Public Lands Day event a success by leading small groups of 5-6 volunteers in our work to remove invasive exotic plants and trash from the McFadden Farm Unit, located at 2600 Van Cleve Lane and the Stones River watershed.  If you'd like to join our Squad boss ranks, join us for this two-hour training session that will teach you the skills needed to effectively guide your team on National Public Lands Day.  Registration is not required for the training sessions.  Please contact Jim Lewis at 615-893-9501 with questions or more information. 
    Training dates:  Friday, September 6, 10am; Saturday, September 7, 10am; Thursday, September 12, 1pm; Saturday, September 14, 10am; Tuesday, September 17, 1pm; Saturday, September 21, 1pm; Sunday, September 22, 1pm. 

  • Murfreesboro Parks & Recreation also have monthly cleanups along the Greenway.  The cleanups will be held on the 6th day of each month from 3-4pm.  For more information, please contact Mufreesboro Parks & Recreation at 615-890-5333.  

  • Visit our page at myMT for our event calendar & news!