|Submission Date||Dec. 18, 2019|
Tennessee Technological University
OP-23: Rainwater Management
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Office of Sustainability
Which of the following best describes the institution’s approach to rainwater management?:
A brief description of the institution’s green infrastructure and LID practices:
TN Tech has been designated as a small MS4 and has obtained general permit coverage which requires the development of a program plan to cover the following minimum control measures: public education and outreach; illicit discharge detection and elimination; construction site runoff control; pollution prevention and good housekeeping.
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:
In addition to TN Tech's fundamental interest in maintaining an environmentally conscious campus, the university must also comply with several regulations administered by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). These programs were developed to ensure that construction activities and storm sewer system operation in environmentally sensitive areas are conducted in a manner that will protect and improve water quality.
It is the responsibility of the Environmental Health and Safety Office to ensure compliance with state and federal regulations.
Campus efforts also include the installation of numerous self-watering planters around campus that aid in water use reduction. The new intramural facility has a storm water management system. There is a drainage system under the sand volleyball court and the runoff from it flows into the berms and permeable pavement. Then it is captured in rain gardens and monitored by students through the monitoring station. Pervious pavement allows rainwater to flow through it and deposit into a rain garden. This will protect water quality and decrease flooding by reducing the amount of storm water runoff.
The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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