Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 46.72
Liaison Kathy Johnson
Submission Date April 22, 2014
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Black Hills State University
OP-27: Rainwater Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 John Hinrichs
Graduate Assistant
Sustainability
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Does the institution use Low Impact Development (LID) practices as a matter of policy or standard practice to reduce rainwater/stormwater runoff volume and improve outgoing water quality for new construction, major renovation, and other projects?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s Low Impact Development (LID) practices:

All building projects are subjected to USGBC LEED certification standards. Specific examples include the recent construction of the Jonas Parking Lot and the Student Union which created 3 bioswale areas. The construction of Crow Peak Residence Hall will also focus largely on runoff control by refurbishing the main storm water canal that travels through campus.


Has the institution adopted a rainwater/stormwater management policy, plan, or strategies that mitigate the rainwater runoff impacts of ongoing campus operations through the use of green infrastructure? :
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s rainwater/stormwater management policy, plan, and/or strategies for ongoing campus operations:

Black Hills State University is located on a northern facing, sloped aspect, that at times is required to drain large amounts of storm water. A major goal of all new construction is the ability to slow and divert this storm water. Much of this runoff is in turn captured and diverted to large bioswales. This prevents both erosion and sedimentary pollution of Spearfish Creek, located downhill from campus


A brief description of any rainwater harvesting employed by the institution:
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Rainwater harvested directly and stored/used by the institution, performance year:
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A brief description of any rainwater filtering systems employed by the institution to treat water prior to release:
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A brief description of any living or vegetated roofs on campus:

The Student Union, a LEED Gold certified building, includes a partially vegetated rooftop.


A brief description of any porous (i.e. permeable) paving employed by the institution:
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A brief description of any downspout disconnection employed by the institution:
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A brief description of any rain gardens on campus:
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A brief description of any stormwater retention and/or detention ponds employed by the institution:
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A brief description of any bioswales on campus (vegetated, compost or stone):

The recent construction of the Jonas Parking Lot and the Student Union which created three bioswale areas.


A brief description of any other rainwater management technologies or strategies employed by the institution:

The campus currently encompasses 123.0 acres. Roughly 18.2 of these acres are covered by buildings with parking lots likely representing another 10 – 20 acres. The remaining 83 to 93 acres consist of green or vegetated landscapes that act to absorb and evapotranspirate storm and runoff water.


The website URL where information about the institution’s rainwater management initiatives, plan or policy is available:

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