Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 68.32
Liaison Carrie Metzgar
Submission Date May 3, 2013
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STARS v1.2

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) design guidelines to incorporate storm water treatment controls into new development and to ensure that post construction runoff volumes do not exceed pre-construction values (no net gain); (2) storm drain markers so students, staff, faculty, and the public are aware that these drains discharge directly to the ocean and that only storm water should go into them; (3) a “Best Management Practices” handbook for outdoor work activities with guidance on how to prevent pollutants from going into storm drains and into the ocean; (4) training/outreach on storm water pollution prevention; (5) innovative engineering controls such as media filters and bioswales 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 (6) 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 the City of San Diego, Urban Corps of San Diego, San Diego Coastkeeper, 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:
A vegetative roof was installed on the 6th floor of Keeling Apartment Building #2 at Revelle.

Does the institution have porous paving?:

A brief description of the institution's porous paving:
Porous pavement was installed in select parking spaces, courtyards, and other hardscape areas at the Village at North Campus.

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:
Bio-filtration landscaping that includes rocks has been installed at selected parking lots and storm drain inlets at Scripps Institution 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-storm water run-off into storm drains; (2) pollution prevention controls for outdoor material storage areas; (3) erosion and sediment controls; (4) bio-swales; 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:
UC San Diego’s Storm Water Management Program webpage includes UC San Diego’s Storm Water Management Plan, the source control best management practices that are implemented on campus, and an inventory of the treatment controls that have been installed throughout campus to prevent storm water pollution: http://blink.ucsd.edu/go/stormwater

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