Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 64.43
Liaison Jessica Davis
Submission Date Nov. 4, 2016
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STARS v2.0

Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)
OP-27: Rainwater Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Evan Green
Campus Facility 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:

IUPUI is a co-permitted on the City of Indianapolis Phase I Stormwater Permit. The University has developed a Stormwater program which is compliant with the requirements specified by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management and the City of Indianapolis. IUPUI reports compliance efforts to the City of Indianapolis and the Indiana Department of Environmental Management annually.

The stormwater program applies to areas of new construction (erosion control and conveyance and treatment design criteria) as well as ongoing campus operations.

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:

Indiana University Environmental Health and Safety (IUEHS) has developed the Stormwater Protection Program to identify the requirements of The National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Stormwater Program in accordance with the Clean Water Act, Chapter 402(p) regulated by the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

IU Stormwater Protection Program: https://protect.iu.edu/doc/environmental-health/pdf/IU%20Stormwater%20Protection%20Program.pdf

IUPUI adheres to IDEM Rule 5 which can be found here: http://www.in.gov/idem/5912.htm

IUPUI is required to develop a stormwater program consistent with the Schedule as presented by the City of Indianapolis. Key elements of the program include:
- Pollution Prevention, Operations and Maintenance
Document Maintenance of Structural Controls
Drain Marking Program
Street Sweeping Program
Winter Weather Salt Use
Roadside Erosion and Litter Control
Vehicle and Equipment Wash Area Study/Modifications
Pesticide and Fertilizer Application
Staff Education and Training Program
SOP Inspection and Cleaning of University-Owned Parking Lots
SOP Inspection and Cleaning of University-Owned Vehicle Maintenance Garages
Flood Control Projects
Post Construction Stormwater Run-off Control In New Development and Redevelopment

- Illicit Discharges and Improper Disposal
Inventory Outfalls and MS4 (Municipal Separate Stormwater System)
Summarize Used Oil and Toxics Program

- Construction Suite Run-of Control
Compliance with Rule 5 / Chapter 600
Construction Site Inspection Program
Training Program for Construction Site Inspectors

-Public Participation and Education
Encourage Public Reporting of Problems
Educate Students/Staff about NPS Pollution

- Reporting requirements
Provide Information to Indianapolis Department of Public Works for Annual Reports
In addition to those responsibilities identified in Section 2 of the Stormwater Protection Program, the following are agreed upon responsibilities of the IUPUI Campus Facility Services.

- Structural Stormwater Controls (SSC)
Maintain map of stormwater conveyances on campus which includes structural stormwater controls (SSC), stormwater inlets and outfalls. (Utilities)
Develop and maintain a preventative maintenance (PM) schedule for each SSC. Ensure that preventative maintenance is provided according to established PM schedule. (Building Maintenance)

- Street Sweeping
Develop and maintain campus street sweeping plan. (Grounds)
Document street sweeping events and document amount of material removed. (Grounds)

- Winter Weather Salt Use
Develop/maintain salt application rates for campus. (Grounds)
Document amount of salt applied annually. (Grounds)

- Roadside Erosion and Litter Control
Develop/maintain plan for identifying areas of erosion on campus (Grounds, Building Maintenance)
Document repairs completed annually. (Grounds, Building Maintenance)
Document amount of liter collected annually from along campus thoroughfares. (Grounds, Building Maintenance)

- Pesticide and Fertilizer Use
Prepare a campus pesticide application plan. Ensure that applicators are properly trained and certified. (Grounds, Building Maintenance)

- Inspection and Cleaning of University Parking Lots
Inspect and clean campus parking lots according to Parking Lot SOP. (Grounds, Building Maintenance)
Document amount of litter collected annually from campus parking lots. (Grounds, Building Maintenance)

- Flood Control Projects
Evaluate water treatment controls structures within the MS4 areas for efficiency as a SSC. (Utilities)
Develop feasibility plan for updating SSC’s which do not meet current sediment removal efficiency standards as necessary. (Utilities)

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

We have just currently built a system at the Glick Eye Institute and at the adjacent green space between Fessler and Glick that employs a storm water detentions system. This detention system is connected to a drip irrigation system that will provide water to the immediate grounds. Since this is new to our system the system is completing commissioning and data is still being collected on its effectiveness although there was significant positive affect in areas this summer during the drought.

There is another rainwater system currently being built at the SELB project site at IUPUI.

Rainwater harvested directly and stored/used by the institution, performance year:
100 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:

None at IUPUI.

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

IUPUI has pervious concrete located in one parking lot.

A brief description of any downspout disconnection employed by the institution:

A brief description of any rain gardens on campus:

The SELB has a rain garden.

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


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

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:

IUPUI has implemented structural stormwater controls to reduce the pollutant load of campus stormwater runoff but currently does not have systems in place to reduce the quantity of runoff.

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