Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 68.46
Liaison Fortino Morales
Submission Date April 21, 2016
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

University of California, Riverside
OP-27: Rainwater Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 John Cook
Director of Sustainability
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Does the institution use Low Impact Development (LID) practices as a matter of policy or standard practice to reduce rainwater/stormwater runoff volume and improve outgoing water quality for new construction, major renovation, and other projects?:

A brief description of the institution’s Low Impact Development (LID) practices:

All new construction projects and major renovations require exceeding local stormwater runoff. UCR recentl restored two or its Arroyos reconfiguring vegetated channels and adding a new detention basin to further improve stormwater management.

Has the institution adopted a rainwater/stormwater management policy, plan, or strategies that mitigate the rainwater runoff impacts of ongoing campus operations through the use of green infrastructure? :

A brief description of the institution’s rainwater/stormwater management policy, plan, and/or strategies for ongoing campus operations:

Goals of UC Riverside stormwater management are set and realized by several campus departments based on campus interests such as sustainability, regulatory requirements, and UC system policies. The location of the campus within the watershed presents opportunities for improvements to the natural landscape that would serve multiple benefits. The initial goals of the UC Riverside 2013 stormwater management plan are:

1. To achieve and maintain compliance with the Phase II Small MS4 General Stormwater Permit adopted February 5, 2013 according to the implementation schedule; and

2. To fund and conduct feasibility studies for a watershed-based campus stormwater plan capable of achieving up to 100 percent capture of annual stormwater runoff for treatment and infiltration or harvest and use.

A brief description of any rainwater harvesting employed by the institution:

Rainwater harvested directly and stored/used by the institution, performance year:

A brief description of any rainwater filtering systems employed by the institution to treat water prior to release:

A brief description of any living or vegetated roofs on campus:

Climate does not permit vegetative roof efficiently.

A brief description of any porous (i.e. permeable) paving employed by the institution:

New construction and renovation projects use porous pavers from some to all hardscaping.

A brief description of any downspout disconnection employed by the institution:

A brief description of any rain gardens on campus:

A brief description of any stormwater retention and/or detention ponds employed by the institution:

Both underground and open retention ponds at the edge of campus, limited need due to lack of precipitation.

A brief description of any bioswales on campus (vegetated, compost or stone):

Vegetated swales are in the arroyos and part of a retention pond.

A brief description of any other rainwater management technologies or strategies employed by the institution:

The website URL where information about the institution’s rainwater management initiatives, plan or policy is available:
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