Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 78.50
Liaison Kira Stoll
Submission Date Aug. 16, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of California, Berkeley
OP-23: Rainwater Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Kira Stoll
Director of Sustainability
Office of Sustainability
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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:

We are now and have been for more than a decade implementing robust storm water pollution prevention plans.

We have a full time Environmental Protection construction liaison. He implements what's known as the Construction Stormwater General Permit Plan that requires construction projects on campus to adhere to a set of requirements to prevent pollutants (mostly sediment) from leaving the sites. He performs regular inspections of all the construction sites and relays findings to project managers.

Overall, UC Berkeley's pollution prevention measures slow water from reaching the stormwater system. Retention structures also provide flood protection and stop water from infiltrating the groundwater table. Instead, the water is held in a swale or vault.


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:

UC Berkeley has a Campus Stormwater Management Plan that involves all the rest of campus operations other than construction, i.e. regular inspection of Strawberry Creek for illicit discharges, investigation of discovered discharges and training of all staff (PP-CS, RSSP, Athletics, ASUC) on best management practices to prevent non-storm discharges to the creek. The campus also inspects campus infrastructure that may pose a threat to water quality (fuel tanks, sewer lines, steam lines, trash collection areas). The little blue oval discs describing stormwater practices placed next to campus storm inlets are one example of UC Berkeley education about water quality impacts as are the numerous tours and talks offered to students (UC Berkeley and K-12).


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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