Environmental Protection

Our Environmental Impact

Environmental protection is important to our campus and our community. At University of Houston-Clear Lake, we focus on minimizing our impact on the environment by strictly adhering to appropriate rules and regulations. We encourage all faculty members to recognize their role in our protection efforts and continuously strive to minimize potentially negative effects.


UHCL currently has no air emission generating processes that require an air permit. Activities at UHCL are covered under exemptions such as those for Emergency Generators, Motor Vehicle refueling under the quantities required for Stage II Vapor Recovery, and Laboratory & Research activities.

Storm Water

All projects initiated after Oct. 1, 2001, for new development on parcels 5 acres or larger, and significant redevelopment on parcels 5 acre or larger that change the impervious surface (including temporary construction activities) of 1 or more acres are subject to federal and local storm water quality permitting requirements.

The Storm Water Quality permit (SWQ Permit) process has been incorporated into the plan approval and permitting processes for Houston, Harris County and Harris County Flood Control District (HCFCD). The SWQ permit requires the development and submission of a Storm Water Quality Management Plan (SWQMP) in accordance with guidance provided by the City of Houston, Harris County and HCFCD. The SWQMP must describe the site drainage characteristics and the Best Management Practices (BMPs) that will be put in place to limit any increases in the discharge of pollutants in storm water as a result of development and to reduce the discharge of pollutants in storm water from redevelopment.

The City of Pasadena, City of Houston, Harris County, and Clear Lake Water Authority all have vested interest in stormwater quality, and have their own stormwater permits encompassing their city or jurisdiction limits.

  • Stormwater and Drainage - Clear Lake Water Authority – Clear Lake Water Authority's (CLWA) website. CLWA manages a stormwater plan and flood control plan for the areas they serve.
  • CLWA Stormwater Compliance and Planning Guide – Information for land development planning, and stormwater Best Management Practices (BMP's).
  • Clean Water Clear Choice – Harris County Task force for management of storm water pollutants. Contains information for residents, kids, and businesses.
  • City of Pasadena MS4 with Stormwater Annual Report – The Pasadena Stormwater Annual Report indicates entities and bayou discharge points in their city limits inspected over the last year.


  • Environmental, Health and Safety

    Phone: 281-283-2106
    Email: ehs@uhcl.edu

    North Office Annex I
    2700 Bay Area Blvd, Box 362
    Houston, TX 77058-1002

    Office Hours:
    Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.