Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 50.18
Liaison Josh Nease
Submission Date May 21, 2019
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Radford University
OP-23: Rainwater Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Neal Thompson
Landscape Superintendent
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Which of the following best describes the institution’s approach to rainwater management?:
Comprehensive policies, plans or guidelines that require LID practices for all new projects

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

Radford University operates a Stormwater Management Program in compliance with the Virginia General Permit for Discharges of Stormwater from Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4 General Permit). In accordance with Section II.B.1 of the permit, Radford University implements a Public Education and Outreach Program on Stormwater impacts. For the 2013-2018 MS4 permit cycle, Radford University adopted six Minimum Control Measures (MCM).

Minimum Control Measure No. 1: Public Education and Outreach
Minimum Control Measure No. 2: Public Participation/Involvement
Minimum Control Measure No. 3: Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination
Minimum Control Measure No. 4: Construction Site Runoff Control
Minimum Control Measure No. 5: Post-Construction Runoff Control
Minimum Control Measure No. 6: Pollution Prevention/Good Housekeeping

The Radford University (RU) Annual Standards and Specifications (AS&S) for Erosion and Sediment Control (ESC) and Stormwater Management (SWM) are integral components of RU’s design, construction, maintenance, and management of the campus facilities and land. The RU Annual Standards and Specifications for ESC and SWM have been developed to provide information regarding RU’s implementation in accordance with the Virginia Stormwater Management Act (§62.1-44.15:24. to :50), the Virginia Stormwater Management Program (VSMP) Regulations (9VAC25-870), the Virginia Erosion and Sediment Control Law (§62.1-44.15:51 to :66), the Virginia Erosion and Sediment Control Regulations (9VAC25-840), and the Virginia Erosion and Sediment Control Certification Regulations (9VAC25-850).
The RU Annual Standards and Specifications for ESC and SWM shall apply to all design, construction, and maintenance activities undertaken by RU, either by its internal workforce or contracted to external entities, where such activities are regulated by the Virginia ESC Law and Regulations or the Virginia SWM Act and VSMP Permit Regulations. During any inspections of RU’s land disturbing activities by DEQ, EPA and other such environmental agencies, compliance with the RU Annual Standards and Specifications for ESC and SWM, the Virginia ESC Law and Regulations, and the Virginia SWM Act will be expected.
The RU Annual Standards and Specifications for ESC and SWM are submitted to the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) for review and approval on an annual basis. RU shall ensure that project specific plans are developed and implemented in accordance with these Annual Standards and Specifications.
The RU campus employs the following green infrastructure and best management practices for storm water to allow settling of sediment and pollutants from storm water before flowing into the New River: Detention Ponds, Grassed Swales, a constructed surface flow wetland (bioretention), underground storage, and underground detention.

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

Radford University MS4 (Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems) Program Plan: https://www.radford.edu/content/dam/departments/administrative/Sustainability/MS4-Program-Plan-with-Appendices.pdf

Permit Requirements mandate six minimum control measures for the program (Public Education and Outreach, Public Involvement and Participation, Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination, Construction Site Stormwater Runoff Control, Post – Construction Stormwater Management and Pollution Prevention and good Good Housekeeping). Facilities Management has developed best management practices in order to comply with the minimum control measure requirements and all other requirements outlined in the permit.

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