Overall Rating Bronze - expired
Overall Score 42.88
Liaison Jim Simon
Submission Date June 28, 2017
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STARS v2.0

Gonzaga University
OP-27: Rainwater Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Tomson Spink
Maintenance Director
Plant Services
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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:

Gonzaga uses natural vegetation and 208 drainage swales. The city of Spokane is currently developing guidelines for low impact development in the Spokane area. The University and the city are partnering on the development of street projects that will use pervious pavement.

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:

Bioswales and (2100) trees on campus to act as an unofficial "urban tree canopy". Gonzaga University uses a rainwater storage tank used for measured release into the cities sewage treatment system.

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

Rainwater harvested directly and stored/used by the institution, performance year:
0 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:

A small green roof was installed on the roof of the John J. Hemmingson Center.

A brief description of any porous (i.e. permeable) paving employed by the institution:

Walks and roads throughout campus employ pavers, allowing limited rainwater infiltration. In addition, Gonzaga University is collaborating with the City of Spokane to renovate Sharp Ave, which boarders the northern end of campus. This will include the use of porous asphalt for the roadway to reduce storm water runoff. As of 2014, the project will be one of the first of its kind in Eastern Washington and will provide long-term monitoring opportunities for engineering students.

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:

There is a tank below the Tilford Center and 208 drainage swales. Lake Arthur also plays a role as a natural retention pond on campus.

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

Vegetated swales outside of College Hall assist with controlling runoff from parking lots and pathways around the largest and busiest building on campus.

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:

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