Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 47.51
Liaison Chris Frantsvog
Submission Date May 1, 2014
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STARS v2.0

Luther College
OP-27: Rainwater Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 2.00 Jay Uthoff
Director of Facilities
Facilities Management
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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:
Permeable paving at facilities parking lot
CFA has a retention basin
Regent Center Parking, Baker Road goes to Lindeman Pond
Parking lot at Baker goes to a retention basin in front of the commons
SHL Rain Gardens

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:

A brief description of any rainwater harvesting employed by the institution:
Rainbarrels by Facilities, sustainability house

Rainwater harvested directly and stored/used by the institution, performance year:
4,000 Gallons

A brief description of any rainwater filtering systems employed by the institution to treat water prior to release:
Luther College utilizes a rain garden at Sampson Hoffland for all roof water. Additionally, the permeable parking surface filters water prior to discharge. The Baker Village storage basin also filters the water collected through the sand base.

A brief description of any living or vegetated roofs on campus:
A portion of the roof at Sampson Hoffland has a sedum roof.

A brief description of any porous (i.e. permeable) paving employed by the institution:
Facilities Services has a permeable parking lot.

A brief description of any downspout disconnection employed by the institution:
Our rain barrels collect downspout water from a couple of buildings. Some newer buildings are discharging water to a grassy area around the building instead of collecting and piping to a storm sewer.

A brief description of any rain gardens on campus:
Luther has a rain garden behind Sampson Hoffland Laboratories. Rainwater that falls on the roof and adjacent site is piped to the rain garden, where it is allowed to return to the water table rather than sent to the storm sewer and routed to the river. Plants that have deep roots were chosen for the garden to aid in that process.

A brief description of any stormwater retention and/or detention ponds employed by the institution:
Lindeman pond collects water from the north part of campus. The retention pond behind the CFA collects water from the parking lot at the CFA, as well as the street in front of the building.

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:
There is also a restored oak savanna behind Sampson Hoffland that holds the soil in place to prevent erosion.

The website URL where information about the institution’s rainwater management initiatives, plan or policy is available:

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