Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 63.01
Liaison Holli Fajack
Submission Date May 9, 2024

STARS v2.2

California State University, Long Beach
OP-22: Rainwater Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Michael Kitahara
Haz-Mat Specialist
Environmental Health & Safety
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Which of the following best describes the institution’s approach to rainwater management?:
Comprehensive policies, plans or guidelines that require LID practices for all new projects

A brief description of the institution’s green infrastructure and LID practices:

CSULB follows the state-required storm-water management strategies. These strategies include Public Education and Outreach, construction site runoff programs, total maximum daily loads (TMDL) requirements, program management elements, illicit discharge detection and elimination, pollution prevention and good housekeeping, landscape design and maintenance, and a post-construction stormwater management program (LID). Some examples of LID infrastructure include the campus' extensive urban forest and tree canopy made up of more than 7000 trees, permeable pavement in one campus parking lot, and several bioswales. Examples of bioswales include one installed as part of the Hillside Commons building constructed in 2021, per the Living Building Challenge Standard, as well as a system integrated into the Softball/Soccer Clubhouse building where rainwater captured on the roof of the complex is diverted to a pipe that drains into the turf, where it filters through the turf profile.

A copy of the institution’s rainwater management policy, plan, and/or guidelines:

A brief description of the institution’s rainwater management policy, plan, and/or guidelines that supports the responses above:

The overall goals of the campus’s stormwater management program are to a) reduce the potential impact(s) of pollution from urban areas on the waters of California and waters of the United States (U.S.) and protect their beneficial uses, and b) develop and implement an effective stormwater program that is well-understood and broadly supported by stakeholders. The Federal Clean Water Act (Clean Water Act) prohibits certain discharges of stormwater containing pollutants except in compliance with a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit. The NPDES stormwater program regulates stormwater discharges from three potential sources: municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4s), construction activities, and industrial activities. CSULB’s stormwater protection program is embodied in the requirements specified in the General Permit issued through the California Regional Water Quality Control Board’s Phase II Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Program. For more information about the MS4 Program, visit: https://www.waterboards.ca.gov/water_issues/programs/stormwater/phase_ii_municipal.html In addition, CSULB has a 5-year Stormwater Pollution Prevention Implementation Plan that allows for best management practices.

Website URL where information about the institution’s green infrastructure and LID practices is available:
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