Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 58.15
Liaison Victor Udo
Submission Date Sept. 16, 2014
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Bucknell University
OP-27: Rainwater Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Dina El-Mogazi
Director, Sustainable Design Program
Center for Sustainability and the Environment
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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?:

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

Since 2012 all new construction has included LID stormwater retention as part of the site design and development. This includes two new fraternity houses, a new academic building, and a series of residence halls.

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? :

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

Strategies in use on campus include 3 green roofs, several rain gardens, and a bioswale.

A brief description of any rainwater harvesting employed by the institution:

The Environmental Center employs rain barrels for irrigation in its native plants garden.

Rainwater harvested directly and stored/used by the institution, performance year:

A brief description of any rainwater filtering systems employed by the institution to treat water prior to release:

A brief description of any living or vegetated roofs on campus:

Two green roofs are in place on the Dana Engineering building. One is modular, and one is integrated. There is a much larger modular green roof on the Academic West Building. All three roofs are planted with a variety of sedum species, and one of the green roofs on Dana Engineering is instrumented for research.

A brief description of any porous (i.e. permeable) paving employed by the institution:

A brief description of any downspout disconnection employed by the institution:

A brief description of any rain gardens on campus:

Rain gardens are present at the Environmental Center and Academic West. Most of these are excavated areas lined with gravel at the bottom and planted with a variety native plants on the sloping sides.

A brief description of any stormwater retention and/or detention ponds employed by the institution:

A series of stormwater retention ponds have been constructed to manage the runoff from the new fraternity houses and residence halls on the South Campus. These bowl-shaped structures planted with native grasses and perennials form a chain of retention basins which successively retain runoff during storm events, reducing runoff speed and volume to the Susquehanna River.

A brief description of any bioswales on campus (vegetated, compost or stone):

The South Campus residential area also employs a bioswale as part of its stormwater runoff mitigation strategy. The bioswale is planted with native perennials and grasses, and runs parallel to the service road to the residence halls. The bioswale channels stormwater in a series of steps toward the retention ponds mentioned above.

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

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

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