State health officials say there is no merit to local environmental advocates’ claim that the University of Colorado Boulder is in violation of its permit governing stormwater discharges into Boulder Creek.

Boulder Waterkeeper advocate Art Hirschearlier this month filed a complaint with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

In a complaint dated Aug. 8, Hirsch focused on five “illicit discharge sites” from the CU Boulder Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System that discharge directly into Boulder Creek. Such discharges are governed by what is known as an MS4 permit, authorizing government entities to discharge stormwater into U.S. waters.

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