|Submission Date||Dec. 11, 2013|
Nova Scotia Community College
OP-23: Stormwater Management
Facilities & Engineering
Does the institution have a policy, plan, and/or strategies to reduce stormwater runoff from new development projects? :
Does the institution have a policy, plan, and/or strategies to reduce stormwater runoff from ongoing campus operations? :
A brief description of the institution's stormwater management initiatives:
Stormwater management initiatives used at all NSCC campuses include grading parking lots so stormwater can run-off into vegetated areas. Some campuses use cisterns to collect the stormwater and use it for irrigation of gardens; while other campuses use swales to collect stormwater run-off where it is filtered and directed to retention ponds. Any work that is to be done must be completed to provincial guidelines.
The website URL where information about the institution's stormwater management initiatives, plan or policy is available:
Does the institution have a living or vegetated roof?:
A brief description of the institution's living or vegetated roof:
The green roof at the NSCC uses a variety of green products that includes: mats, plant baskets, grasses in thin soil and plants in thick soil. The roof houses a built-in irrigation system that is supplied by rain water and it does not just have sedums but has tall grasses and bushes. The garden is easily accessible to students so they can benefit educationally from it; it has a path running through the centre for easy observation and is attached to a penthouse classroom.
Does the institution have porous paving?:
A brief description of the institution's porous paving:
Permeable concrete is being tested at the NSCC Waterfront Campus, which allows rainwater to pass directly through it and reenter the ground water supply. It is being monitored to see how it handles freezing and thawing.
Does the institution have retention ponds?:
A brief description of the institution's retention ponds:
Retention ponds are used at NSCC to hold stormwater that has been filtered through the bioswales.
Does the institution have stone swales?:
A brief description of the institution's stone swales:
Does the institution have vegetated swales?:
A brief description of the institution's vegetated swales:
The Bioswale at NSCC Waterfront Campus is a gently sloped ditch lined with grass and plants. It naturally filters storm water run-off. As the water flows over the sloped soil, the plants filter out contaminants and excess water settles in retention ponds.
Does the institution employ any other technologies or strategies for stormwater management?:
A brief description of other technologies or strategies for stormwater management employed:
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