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Environmental Systems

Natural Areas Protection

The campus is ringed by natural wooded areas that are a valuable asset, enhancing the image of the campus environment.  The wooded areas, both inside and outside of Hilltop Circle, harbor many species of indigenous flora and fauna.  The University continues ongoing stewardship of these natural areas, while promoting use by student, staff and faculty for recreation, education and research.

Storm Water Management

The University completed a Storm Water Management Master Plan in 2001.  The analysis of the UMBC campus indicated that many of the 20 identified drainage areas at the time did not have storm water management devices controlling runoff.  Following the study, the University has been addressing both the quality and quantity of storm water run-off throughout the campus. 

Most of the outfalls feed the Herbert Run, a tributary of the Patapsco River, that flanks the campus on its north and east boundary.  Historically, the stream banks have suffered erosion and bank destabilization.  During the last five years, the University has completed numerous bank stabilization and erosion control projects to protect waterways that are impacted by the campus.  When the UMBC Stadium complex was renovated in 2008, the University took this opportunity to make comprehensive bank stabilization and outfall improvements to the stream that borders it, vastly improving water quality in this area of campus.  Throughout other areas of the campus, the University is committed to annual stream restoration projects, including repairing or replacing deteriorated bridge abutments, replacing pedestrian bridges, and stabilizing stream banks.