Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 54.13
Liaison Keisha Payson
Submission Date July 11, 2013
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STARS v1.2

Bowdoin College
OP-23: Stormwater Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Keisha Payson
Sustainability Coordinator
Sustainable Bowdoin
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Does the institution have a policy, plan, and/or strategies to reduce stormwater runoff from new development projects? :
Yes

Does the institution have a policy, plan, and/or strategies to reduce stormwater runoff from ongoing campus operations? :
Yes

A brief description of the institution's stormwater management initiatives:

Bowdoin utilizes a rainwater capture system on the roof of two dorms for toilet flushing in those two buildings. The college landscapes with indigenous plants that do not require irrigation. Additionally, surfaces are designed to direct rainwater runoff toward plants and maintain plant health. Bowdoin has several storm water retentions ponds, vegetative swales, infiltration galleries, under drained soil filters, and under drained bio-retention cells. The Building Design Standards for Renovation Projects has a section devoted to reduction of stormwater runoff. The last 4 major construction projects have had some LEED certification in which stormwater credits were met.


The website URL where information about the institution's stormwater management initiatives, plan or policy is available:
Does the institution have a living or vegetated roof?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution's living or vegetated roof:

Bowdoin installed a green roof on its heating plant in Fall 2011, which has helped to reduce heat loss and maximize water usage by directing runoff to the plants growing there (seasonally).


Does the institution have porous paving?:
No

A brief description of the institution's porous paving:
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Does the institution have retention ponds?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution's retention ponds:

Bowdoin has two retention ponds to remove sedimentation and debris from stormwater runoff while minimizing peak flow rates into the watershed.


Does the institution have stone swales?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution's stone swales:

Bowdoin has several stone swales strategically located around campus.


Does the institution have vegetated swales?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution's vegetated swales:

Several of Bowdoin's stone swales are vegetated to improve soil water retention and reduce runoff.


Does the institution employ any other technologies or strategies for stormwater management?:
Yes

A brief description of other technologies or strategies for stormwater management employed:

Bowdoin utilizes a rainwater capture system on the roof of two residence halls for toilet flushing in those two buildings. The college landscapes with indigenous plants that do not require irrigation. Additionally, surfaces are designed to direct rainwater runoff toward plants and maintain plant health. Bowdoin has several stormwater retention ponds, vegetative swales, infiltration galleries, under drained soil filters, and under drained bio-retention cells.


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