Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 67.08
Liaison Carrie Metzgar
Submission Date May 18, 2011
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STARS v1.0

University of California, San Diego
OP-23: Stormwater Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Kimberly O'Connell
Environmental Specialist
Environment Health & Safety
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Does the institution have a policy, plan, and/or strategies to reduce stormwater runoff from new development projects? :

Does the institution have a policy, plan, and/or strategies to reduce stormwater runoff from ongoing campus operations? :

A brief description of the institution's stormwater management initiatives:

UC San Diego implements a storm water management program on campus that includes: (1) storm drain markers so students, staff, faculty, and the public are aware that they discharge directly to the ocean and that only storm water should go down the drains; (2) a “Best Management Practices” handbook for outdoor work activities to prevent pollutants from going into storm drains and into the ocean; (3) training/outreach on storm water pollution prevention; (4) innovative engineering controls such as ecology embankments/media filters at Scripps Institution of Oceanography to remove pollutants from storm water run-off before it goes onto the beach and to prevent dry weather flows such as irrigation run-off or wash water from going into storm drains; and (5) spill prevention and response resources (spill kits) and training to prevent an outdoor spill from going into a storm drain. UC San Diego has also formed valuable partnerships with Urban Corps of San Diego, San Diego Coastkeeper, the City of San Diego, Miocean, and the State Water Resources Control Board to implement multiple storm water pollution prevention projects to protect our ocean resources.

The website URL where information about the institution's stormwater management initiatives, plan or policy is available:
Does the institution have a living or vegetated roof?:

A brief description of the institution's living or vegetated roof:

UC San Diego’s Geisel Library has potted plants on portions of the roof. The first floor of the library is below ground, so the roof of this first floor includes impervious paved pedestrian pathways as well as pervious surfaces such as grass and native and non-native planted areas.

Does the institution have porous paving?:

A brief description of the institution's porous paving:

UC San Diego has plans to install pourus pavement in the future, but does not have a current installation of such paving.

Does the institution have retention ponds?:

A brief description of the institution's retention ponds:

Does the institution have stone swales?:

A brief description of the institution's stone swales:

Biofiltration landscaping that includes rocks has been installed at selected parking lots and storm drain inlets at Scripps Institute of Oceanography to capture non-storm water discharges and to reduce peak flows and treat storm water discharges.

Does the institution have vegetated swales?:

A brief description of the institution's vegetated swales:

UC San Diego is implementing management measures to eliminate dry weather flow discharges and measurably reduce pollutants of concern (heavy metals, organics, bacteria, and sediment) in urban and storm water runoff that discharge into the ocean. The source and site controls include: (1) wash racks, dry weather flow diversions, and sewer connections to eliminate the discharge of non-stormwater run-off into storm drains; (2) pollution prevention controls for outdoor material storage areas; (3) erosion and sediment controls; (4) roof runoff controls; and (5) innovative ecology embankment/media filter systems. The ecology embankment/media filters are linear, flow-through storm water treatment systems that use natural processes to remove total suspended solids, organics, bacteria, oil & grease, and metals, as well as infiltrate dry weather flows, eliminating this type of discharge onto the beach. These sustainable systems are completely passive (requires no energy or mechanical treatment) and use native vegetation for evaporation-transpiration of water.

Does the institution employ any other technologies or strategies for stormwater management?:

A brief description of other technologies or strategies for stormwater management employed:

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