What we do?
One of the many responsibilities of the University Public Health (UPH) Office is to manage the air quality across campus. The goal of the Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) program is to help the University maintain a safe indoor air quality environment for all employees and students, and to identify potential hazards and have them corrected.
If you happen to have any problems with your air quality on campus please don't hesitate to call the Public Health Office at (970) 491-6121.
How to report an odor/indoor air quality problem?
If you experience very strong and extremely irritating odors/fumes in your work area and you feel that you need emergency medical attention, leave the area at once and call 911.
All other non-immediately life threatening odors- call (970) 491-6121
Zoonosis - Animal and Insect (some diseases)
Zoonosis diseases are diseases which are transmitted from animals to humans. Examples include rabies and West Nile Virus.
Wildlife related Issues
UPH assists the campus community with a variety of outdoor issues (i.e. bees, hornets, etc) as well as indoor issues (i.e. ants, flies, roaches, rodents, etc.).
University Integrated Pest Management
The UPH oversees the approval, safe handling, and application of pest management products throughout campus. For additional information concerning pest management please visit the
CSU Colorado Environmental Pesticide Education Program page.
University Pesticide Safety Committee
Jeannine Riess is the chair of the Pesticide Safety Committee. Membership of the committee consists of a variety of representatives from the general CSU community.
The Public Pool Safety Program applies to pools and spas located on campus property. University Public Health is very concerned with the health and safety of all CSU pool users and as part of our commitment to the sanitation and safety of pools and spas across campus, we administer weekly samples of pools that focus on water chemistry and bacteriological quality of the water, investigation complaints concerning pool sanitation and safety, and ensure the proper operation and maintenance of the pools as well as proper storage of the maintenance chemicals. The Public Pool Safety Program protects public health and comfort by monitoring the campus swimming and spa facilities for compliance with the Colorado Regulations Pertaining to Swimming Pools and Spas, thereby, providing a safe environment to enjoy recreational swimming on campus property. (To make a complaint please call the Public Health Office at (970) 491-6121).
Cross Connection Control
A cross-connection is any unprotected actual or potential physical connection or structure arrangement of piping or fixtures between a consumer's water system and the public potable water system through which it is possible to introduce into any part of the public potable water system any used water, industrial fluid, gas, liquid, solid, or any other substance. Chemical pollutants or even just sewage could be introduced into the potable water system in those areas. It is UPH's concern that this does not happen.
Illicit Discharge, Detection and Elimination: According to the 1996 National Water Quality Inventory, stormwater runoff is a leading source of water pollution. Every year thousands of gallons of water from storms and snowmelt enter the storm drains of Fort Collins. This runoff picks up and carries numerous contaminants and pollutants (pesticides, oils, metals, sediment, animal waste, etc.) and carries them into our storm drains. This water DOES NOT go to treatment plants as sewer waters do. Storm drains are set up to divert excess water and flow directly into the Poudre River.
What is an illicit discharge?
An illicit discharge is any discharge to the storm sewer system that is not composed entirely of stormwater, except for a short list of allowable discharges (see below). Illicit discharges include runoff from contaminated sites and deliberate dumping of contaminants that drain untreated into our waterways. Parameters of special concern include heavy metals, toxics, oil and grease, solvents, nutrients, pathogens, and bacteria.
Allowable Non-Stormwater Discharges
Following is a list of non-stormwater discharges that are allowed under the MS4, but only as long as they are not a “significant contributor of pollution.”
Reporting an Incident
- Landscape irrigation
- Lawn watering
- Diverted stream flows
- Irrigation return flow
- Rising groundwater
- Uncontaminated groundwater infiltration
- Uncontaminated pumped groundwater
- Flows from riparian habitats and wetlands
- Water line flushing
- Discharges from potable water sources
- Foundation drains
- Air conditioning condensation
- Water from crawl space pumps
- Footing drains
- Individual residential car washing
- Dechlorinated swimming pool discharges
- Street wash water
Someone washing paint down a storm drain, a river of antifreeze flowing from a vehicle, or sewage coming out of a manhole are all illicit discharges to the storm water system. If you observe an illicit discharge occurring on campus, please report the incident to CSU Police Department at 491-6425.
To learn more about stormwater and illicit discharges visit one of the following websites:
UPH tries to ensure that the campus community (i.e. laboratories) do not pollute the state waters. Some concerns include animal runoff in which UPH tries to prevent the raw sewage from the animals flowing into storm drains and polluting state water supplies.
University Public Health is concerned with food safety, solid waste disposal, safe drinking water, proper sewage disposal, dust control, as well as numerous other Environmental Health related issues at every CSU sponsored special event. Our office has guidelines and applications for organizations planning on hosting a special event on campus. The university has a University Special Events Activities Group that may be contacted at 970-491-6121 regarding any information about special events , or to acquire guidelines and requirements.