Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 58.11
Liaison Elizabeth Drake
Submission Date April 19, 2017
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Swarthmore College
OP-23: Rainwater Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Ralph Thayer
Director of Maintenance
Facilities Management
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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:

Swarthmore College as the host of the Scott Arboretum has a great interest in storm water control. 5 green roofs, more than 10 underground stormwater infiltration structure, use of porous asphalt, 2 bioretention ponds and numerous infiltration beds (rain gardens)

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:

The campus includes one of the last vestiges of natural woodlands in Delaware County, PA bisected by the Crum Creek where virtually all surface run-off accumulates. Slowing the rate of discharge not only limits erosion but aids in limiting flooding downstream of the campus. The college has it's own Crum Woods Committee and is also active with the Chester-Ridley-Crum Watersheds Association http://crcwatersheds.org/crum/programs
The college has constructed bioswales, green roofs, porous pavement, and in general limited the amount of paved areas to control stormwater runoff.

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

Jeff Jabco

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