|Submission Date||Aug. 8, 2019|
OP-23: Rainwater Management
|2.00 / 2.00||
Which of the following best describes the institution’s approach to rainwater management?:
A brief description of the institution’s green infrastructure and LID practices:
Several detention basins exist throughout campus. The pond in the center of campus acts to catch, slow, and then release stormwater. In addition, several rain gardens are used to capture and treat water from multiple buildings on campus, including the green roof on the Center for the Arts building. These are vegetated areas that are engineered to collect water from the building, treat it with plant material, and release it slowly into the campus system. The college’s most recent parking lot was constructed with pervious pavement, allowing water to be absorbed into the ground with little runoff. By flowing through the rock-filled bed, the water is able to recharge the wetlands and allow the natural water cycles to continually flow.
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:
All major projects are subject to MA DEP stormwater management rules that require that post-construction flows be equal to or less than pre-construction flows. This has resulted in detention and retention structures will all new construction.
Storm drains are maintained and cleaned on a regular basis. Storm water that flows into the ponds is monitored by the Conservation Commission and must comply with the MA Wetlands Protection Act and associated Stormwater rules.
The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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