Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 46.50
Liaison Kathleen Crawford
Submission Date July 28, 2011
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STARS v1.0

Florida Gulf Coast University
OP-23: Stormwater Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Lewis Johnson
Director
Environmental Health and Safety
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Does the institution have a policy, plan, and/or strategies to reduce stormwater runoff from new development projects? :
Yes

Does the institution have a policy, plan, and/or strategies to reduce stormwater runoff from ongoing campus operations? :
Yes

A brief description of the institution's stormwater management initiatives:

Florida Gulf Coast University has policies and plans in place to reduce storm water runoff from the eventual complete campus build out and on-going operations to rates and volumes similar to those pre-development.

The campus property resides within a sub-basin of the Estero River Basin, which represents a significant portion of the Estero Bay Drainage Basin. The entire 756.70-acre University campus property has been designed with one master stormwater system to accommodate a maximum of 410.20 acres of development. It is comprised of mostly upland and wetland habitats.

The master-planned campus stormwater system is comprised of an interconnected network of detention and retention ponds that occur in the higher elevation upland areas of the campus. The property run-off, generated by the adjacent upland University development footprint, is conveyed through these linked features.

Discharged waters exit the site at one of two existing perimeter cypress sloughs (“swamps”) that are located at the east and west sides of the property boundary. Prior to entering either of these sloughs, the treated stormwater is conveyed through a spreader swale that has been specifically designed to mimic natural conditions, thus slowing the rate/speed of the discharged water flow and preventing the potential for erosion or turbidity in the natural slough environment. After flowing through these eastern/western cypress sloughs, the slow-moving water flows converge again at the southern point of the property where they ultimately discharge to the Estero River.

The plans for the storm water management system for the University campus were approved by the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers Permit No. 199400807 and South Florida Water Management District Permit No. 36-02881-5.


The website URL where information about the institution's stormwater management initiatives, plan or policy is available:
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Does the institution have a living or vegetated roof?:
No

A brief description of the institution's living or vegetated roof:
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Does the institution have porous paving?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution's porous paving:

Porous paving is employed employed in select areas on campus including the solar field and auxiliary parking area.


Does the institution have retention ponds?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution's retention ponds:

Florida Gulf Coast University has detention ponds. Wet detention ponds are storm water control structures providing both retention and treatment of contaminated storm water runoff and are designed to mimic the natural environment.


Does the institution have stone swales?:
No

A brief description of the institution's stone swales:
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Does the institution have vegetated swales?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution's vegetated swales:

See above description of swale & detention system on campus.


Does the institution employ any other technologies or strategies for stormwater management?:
Yes

A brief description of other technologies or strategies for stormwater management employed:

See above description of the storm water system on campus.


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