Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 50.52
Liaison Megan Varnadore
Submission Date Feb. 18, 2021

STARS v2.2

Sonoma State University
OP-22: Rainwater Management

Status Score Responsible Party
-- 0.00 / 2.00 Shawn Potts
Facilities Operations Manager
Operations and Engineering
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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:

The campus implements project-specific measures customized for each project that includes avoidance of peak flows through detention or permeable surfaces, rain captures for irrigation and other measures that at a minimum meet the most current AB-1750 Rainwater Capture Act of 2012 requirements in California.


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:

Development of Sonoma State University's Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan commenced with
the filing of a Notice of Intent on April 10, 1997. The determining factor for permit requirements is
the Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) designation for each facility. Under the SIC system, each
establishment is classified according to its primary activity. Automotive servicing and other routine
maintenance performed in support of primary activity are designated with an auxiliary number.
Sonoma State University is primarily an educational institution (SIC 8221) with auxiliary
maintenance (SIC auxiliary 9).
Sonoma State University has been proactive in preventing discharges to natural waters. Installation
of the vehicle wash down area, hazardous waste storage building, plugged drains, worker educational
programs, and emergency spill response teams all attest to the University's commitment to preventing
the discharge of contaminants to the storm sewer system.
The City of Santa Rosa Sewer Use Permit conditions call for a variety of measures to minimize
contaminant levels in the sanitary sewer as well as to natural waterways. Activities in the past have
included removing oil water separators behind the Auto Shop, sealing interior drains, and installing a
wash down rack for grounds maintenance machinery and fleet vehicles. The City of Santa Rosa
conducts annual inspections and assists with identifying potential stormwater pollution sources.


Website URL where information about the institution’s green infrastructure and LID practices is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

Sonoma Stae University is a Non-Traditional Small MS4 within Urbanized Area and the draft document is available under additional documents.

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