Currently, Western Washington University exceeds the legal limit for stormwater pollution. Due to a tight budget, WWU does not have the money to regulate storm water from parking lot discharge (such as debris, metal, tar, oil and other pollutants). As a result, parking services is under pressure to pave the parking lots on south campus which would cost approximately $5 million and could not be completed all at once (long-term solution). As a result, Western’s Parking and Transportation Advisory Committee is proposing to increase parking permit rates to generate funds to address the runoff. Making carpool passes more expensive and discouraging carpoolers to get to work. Revamping pass cost is beneficial, however, there is a price tag associated with addressing the problem to storm water drains near campus (http://issuu.com/wwu_planet/docs/planet_43).
WWU needs to invest in one of these puppies just in case the south campus parking lot turns into an ice sheet winter quarter.