Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 47.67
Liaison Tony Gillund
Submission Date May 9, 2017
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STARS v2.1

The Ohio State University at Mansfield
OP-23: Rainwater Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 2.00 Brian White
Superintendent, Plant Operations & Maintenance
Mansfield Campus Plant Operations, Schuttera Service Center
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Which of the following best describes the institution’s approach to rainwater management?:
Less comprehensive policies, plans or guidelines that incorporate green infrastructure

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

A Mansfield Campus Natural Resource Management Plan for the entire 640 acre heavily wooded campus was prepared in partnership with OSU School of Environmental & Natural Resources (SENR) and OSU Extension in 2015. This plan, in part, addresses storm water and water quality strategies for on and off/adjacent campus. The full report can be found at http://mansfield.osu.edu/initiatives/planning-and-project-office.html and clicking on: View the OSU Mansfield Natural Resource Management Plan.


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

1. Storm water from all (15 acres) hard surface parking lots, roadways and sidewalks is managed using sheet run-off practices through vegetative (grass, shrub or woodlands) areas. Point source/culvert directed flow used only when passing under streets or required by elevation. Natural open grass or wooded drainage sloughs used and maintained between parking lots.
2. Approximately 11 acres of manicured lawns at both campus entranceways have been converted to native grass and shrubs. We are improving storm water retainage, reducing run-off and reducing grounds maintenance efforts. .
3. A ½ acre high quality regulated wetlands and 500 feet of stream have been in continuous operation since 2008 and provided storm water management water quality enhancement for 46 acres of developed campus uplands. This area was put under an protective environmental covenant in December 2014. This area is used for academic and research purposes. Two-hundred feet of this stream was enhanced to a wooded riparian corridor in 2014-2016.
4. The landscape culture at the Mansfield Campus continues to use existing unmodified natural woodlands with a grass buffer, typically less than thirty feet, to the buildings. Some much closer. Almost all annual and perennial high maintenance landscape beds have been removed.
5. A ¾ mile walkway/bike path was constructed in 2015 atop a new buried sanitary sewer line providing access to campus for 300 resident students in Buckeye Village. Milled recycled asphalt from a campus paving project was used, providing a pervious surface for better rainwater drainage and reduced erosion.


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