Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 67.41
Liaison Jeremy King
Submission Date March 23, 2016
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Denison University
OP-27: Rainwater Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Jeremy King
Campus Sustainability Coordinator
Office of the President
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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:

Denison maintains a number of stone and vegetated swales, as well as, retention ponds around campus buildings and parking lots to reduce the effects and impact of storm water runoff.

Construction of a wetland/pond to capture rainwater runoff from buildings and parking lots was completed in association with the renovation to the athletic center and addition of a natatorium.

Denison conforms to all local and state environmental regulations for storm water management.

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:

The institution diverts rainwater from some building roof tops into a cistern to use for irrigation purposes.

There are a number of bioswales on campus and the college actively maintains its tree canopy having well over 5000 trees located on the main campus.

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

The college's cistern can hold 50,000 gallons of water that is used only for irrigation purposes.

Rainwater harvested directly and stored/used by the institution, performance year:
50,000 Gallons

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:

The college constructed a parking garage in 2005 that incorporates green roof technology. The roof of the garage doubles as the Shackleford-Reese Commons and is a green space located in the heart of campus.

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:

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

Retention ponds exist in a couple of locations on campus to help contain storm water accumulated from parking lots and paved areas.

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

In areas where stone swales and/or retention ponds are not feasible or aesthetically pleasing, the college uses vegetated swales to mitigate storm water runoff.

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:

Denison maintains an internal password protected website where most of this information resides. Public access web pages have limited information on this topic.

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