Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 35.51
Liaison Sarah Mittlefehldt
Submission Date March 2, 2017
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Northern Michigan University
OP-23: Rainwater Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 2.00 Sarah Mittlefehldt
Co-Chair, Sustainability Advisory Council
Earth, Environmental & Geographical Sciences
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Which of the following best describes the institution’s approach to rainwater management?:
Less comprehensive policies, plans or guidelines that incorporate green infrastructure

A brief description of the institution’s green infrastructure and LID practices:

NMU uses green infrastructure to manage rainwater and employees LID practices on a case-by-case basis or for demonstration projects.

More specifically, this includes the use of sloped roofs that shed water for natural infiltration and the use of rainwater recharge areas or formal retentions/detention ponds to capture storm water is evaluated for ever campus project. Project review includes evaluation of both cost and practicality of construction. Since 1991 there have been a number of large storm water recharge or detention ponds constructed on campus that capture roof, parking lot and roadway run-off. Since 2005 all renovated or new campus housing projects have been constructed with pitched roofs to direct storm water for natural infiltration.


A copy of the institution’s rainwater management policy, plan, and/or guidelines:
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A brief description of the institution’s rainwater management policy, plan, and/or guidelines that supports the responses above:

There is no formal guidelines, policy or plan for storm water management. The ability to control and direct storm water to some form of natural infiltration, either storm water recharge or detention/retention area, is considered a best practice by NMU and the evaluation of inclusion has been part of every project since the early 1990s.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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