Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 67.01
Liaison Connie Norton
Submission Date Oct. 29, 2014
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Simon Fraser University
OP-27: Rainwater Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Elizabeth Starr
Campus Planner
Facilities Development
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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:

We strive for LEED Gold which includes requirements to reduce volume and improve quality of stormwater. Stormwater management plans are implemented in new construction as part of LEED certification.

Natural attenuation is used and supplemented by other techniques if necessary. If the site of a new building is greenfield, a stormwater management plan will strive to ensure that there is no increased quantity of runoff.

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:

The University follows guidelines set out in the Official Community Plan which are based on Federal and Provincial guidelines. The University has committed to managing stormwater runoff within the campus to control the volume, rate of flow and quality of stormwater leaving the campus. The guiding document is the 2004 Strategic Instrastructure Plan which outlines 7 stormwater principles and projects for implementation.

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

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

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

Swales and natural attenuation used across campus especially adjacent to roads

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

Yes - we have more 10,000 sq. m. of living roofs (and a living wall).

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

Walkways and trails through forests are of crushed granite or mulch. Permeable paving is use in our courtyards.

A brief description of any downspout disconnection employed by the institution:

A brief description of any rain gardens on campus:

All courtyards on campus act as rain gardens.

A brief description of any stormwater retention and/or detention ponds employed by the institution:

In Blusson Hall (BLH), a 69,300 L underground cistern was built under the landscape courtyard to store rainwater. The water is used for landscape irrigation as well as to top up water that is lost through evaporation from the pond in the courtyard. The cistern also helps detain storm-water surges during heavy rainfall. WE have a large detention pond on Gagliardi way that serves the residence towers. And the TASC 2 swale feeds an underground cistern which detains water before release into natural water courses. Field 4 has a large underground stormwater detention tank.

A brief description of any bioswales on campus (vegetated, compost or stone):

-At the TASC 2 building a river-look stone swale is employed as a landscape feature.
-Yes - there are several vegetated swale areas throughout campus. New swale/drainage channels have been built in more recent projects and planted with native species. These swales provide nutrients to creeks below the campus grounds that are fish bearing.

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:

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