Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 67.16
Liaison Mike Versteege
Submission Date June 24, 2020
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University of Alberta
OP-23: Rainwater Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 2.00 Tam Connelly
Associate Director, Augustana, Grounds & Environmental Services
Operations & Maintenance, Facilities & Operations
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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:

- In 2013, an underground cistern was installed on the west side of the Centennial Centre for Interdisciplinary Science (CCIS). The cistern is used to store water collected during fire pump testing. The water is then used in watering trucks to meet some of the university's irrigation needs.
- Augustana Campus has one 1500 gallon underground tank that collects water from the campus’ grass swales, two 250 gallon above ground tanks which collect rain water from the roof of the Facilities Building, and an additional 100 gallon tank which collexts rain water from the Auxiliary Building. The water that is collected is used for irrigation on campus.
- The Campus Community Gardens on both North Campus and Campus Saint-Jean are irrigated with rainwater collected in barrels.
- Porous paving in East Campus Village residences area allows for water to infiltrate into soil.
- Triffo Hall collects rainwater in a below-grade storage tank system and uses it for toilet flushing to reduce potable water use.
- The University of Alberta Botanic Garden has slow ditches, a parking lot runoff collection well and buffered riparian areas to help manage groundwater.

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 Long Range Development Plan (LRDP) for North Campus, South Campus, Michener Park and Campus Saint-Jean identifies where on-site stormwater management will be necessary and where existing facilities can be utilized; it states that stormwater management facilities will be developed as warranted and will be staged incrementally to minimize servicing costs. Additionally, wherever possible, the stormwater management system will be connected to the open space system. Accompanying the LRDP are sector plans that further detail specific strategies and methods that will be used to address stormwater management, such as:

- aquatic vegetation and designed ecosystems in naturalized stormwater management facilities
- rainwater collection systems
- xeriscaping
- grey water systems, and
- rooftop gardens/vegetated roofs

The Sector 12 Campus Planning and Design Guidelines for Implementation accompanies the South Campus Sector Plan, and outlines the strategy for the execution of the University of Alberta’s South Campus Sector Plan. It includes existing and proposed stormwater management facilities for South Campus and a three goals with respect to water and stormwater management:

- Provide an environmentally sensitive stormwater management approach that filters water quality
- Reduce potable water use on campus
- Provide opportunities to recharge groundwater.


There is a separate LRDP for Augustana Campus (Augustana LRDP, 2005 and Augustana LRDP Amendment, 2018). In 2008, Focus Corporation developed a Stormwater Management Plan for Augustana Campus to accompany the Augustana LRDP. The Augustana Campus Stormwater Management Plan provided a framework for development to the year 2015. The proposed stormwater management concept included a wet Storm Water Management Facility, three dry ponds, and a drainage swale. All of these components of the Stormwater Management Plan have been implemented, as well as an additional dry pond and bioswale.

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


Murray Brice
Landscape Maintenance & Construction Supervisor
Grounds Services
Facilities & Operations

Kurt Klask
Landscape Maintenance Supervisor
Grounds Services
Facilities & Operations

Chris Blades
Facilities & Operations Manager
Augustana Campus Facilities & Operations

Bill Shaughnessy
Mechanical Trades Supervisor
Maintenance Division
Facilities & Operations

Ben Louie
University Architect
Facilities & Operations

Kenneth Willis
Head of Horticulture
University of Alberta Botanic Garden
Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences

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