Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 31.92
Liaison Tom Kovacs
Submission Date Sept. 30, 2022

STARS v2.2

Eastern Michigan University
OP-22: Rainwater Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Thomas Kovacs
Professor
Geography and Geology
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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:

Eastern Michigan University (EMU) strives to preserve and improve the health of the Huron River and its associated watershed. EMU incorporates several rainwater management techniques in the form of Green Infrastructure and Low Impact Development (LID) to reduce the amount and slow the rate of stormwater flow from campus to the Huron River. These practices span across campus and include the following:

5 Retention Ponds: Retention ponds have been built next to Green Lot 1, east of the parking lot across from EMU’s Indoor Practice Facility, East and South of the Student Center, and south of the Rec-IM Softball complex. There is also an underground retention area beneath the South Oakwood Lot, which spills into the retention pond South of the Student Center.

4 Bioswales: Bioswales are built into the landscaping near the Bowen Parking, Mark Jefferson Science Complex and in two separate locations at Green Lot 2 to help filter storm water runoff. In addition, there is a fifth bioswale under construction next to Strong Hall, as part of the Strong Hall renovation project.

A Rain Garden: EMU has a rain garden at Westview Apartments, which are part of EMU’s housing system.

A Green Roof: EMU has implemented a green roof atop of the Mark Jefferson Science Complex.


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 above practices are supported and accompanied by the following guidelines, plans, and policies at Eastern Michigan University and included in the attached rainwater management file:

-Compliance with MS4 stormwater program elements
-National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits MIG619000; MIG04000
-Storm Water Management Plan (SWMP)
-Stormwater Management Post Construction Runoff Requirements
-Stormwater Pollution Prevention Initiative (SWPPI)
-Physical Plant Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP)
-Public Education Plan (PEP)
-Illicit Discharge Elimination Plan (IDEP)
-Good housekeeping requirements
-Stormwater Emergency Response Plan
-Water Quality Action Plan

The NPDES permits are updated every 2 years and all documents are updated as required or needed based on changes done to campus.


Website URL where information about the institution’s green infrastructure and LID practices is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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