Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 54.34
Liaison Samuel Crowl
Submission Date March 11, 2015
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STARS v2.0

Ohio University
OP-27: Rainwater Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 2.00
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

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:

Construction project managers at Ohio University are encouraged to incorporate stormwater best management practices in all construction projects to aid in reaching the goal of LEED Silver or equivalent certification for all buildings or renovations above $1 million. BMPs such as rain gardens, green roofs, bioswales and bioretention ponds are now applications considered for all new buildings. A small waterway feeding a campus stream was recently restored to its natural state using university design expertise. Existing campus space is being upgraded to current best management practices as renovations or alterations occur for all other projects. The university is in the process of creating written policies and procedures for low impact development practices for the Design & Construction department.

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:

Policies exists to at minimum comply with state and federal storm water regulations, but are not publicly available. Programs are being developed to implement additional best management practices as resources allow.

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

Ohio University harvests rainwater at the EcoHouse, a university-owned, student-rented, house, and at the compost facility. Collection systems exist elsewhere (at the Ridges) but the water is not utilized.

Rainwater harvested directly and stored/used by the institution, performance year:
4,549 Gallons

A brief description of any rainwater filtering systems employed by the institution to treat water prior to release:

The compost facility has a filter strip to filter rainwater runoff from its windrows, and a biofilter to filter the rainwater harvested from its roof. See below for Walter Fieldhouse installations.

A brief description of any living or vegetated roofs on campus:

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

Gravel lots are used wherever practicable.

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:

When the university golf course was renovated in 2002, a pond was constructed on the golf course for irrigation purposes. This pond is the primary source of irrigation water for all Ohio University athletic fields. There is also now a dry basin and a bioretention pond at the Walter Fieldhouse which collects water from the building exterior and parking lot.

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:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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