Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 68.77
Liaison Marianne Martin
Submission Date Nov. 9, 2010
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University of Colorado Boulder
OP-23: Stormwater Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Moe Tabrizi
Assistant Director
Facilities Management- Administration
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Does the institution have a policy, plan, and/or strategies to reduce stormwater runoff from new development projects? :
Yes

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

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

CU continuously is looking for opportunities to improve the stormwater quality on the campus. Every construction project on the campus is reviewed to both minimize stormwater runoff as well as incorporating water quality control features into the project. As a result the University has incorporated numerous storm water BMPs into campus projects ranging from porous pavements to infiltration trenches. As a result almost all of our capital construction projects on the campus have achieved LEED sustainable site credits 6.1 and 6.2.


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?:
No

A brief description of the institution's living or vegetated roof:
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Does the institution have porous paving?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution's porous paving:

CU has a total of 7 different plazas or parking lots that have porous pavement systems. The systems are designed based on specific site conditions to maximize water quality and retention/infiltration of the runoff. The goal of such systems is to infiltrate as much water into the subsurface as we can and to achieve a higher water quality in our storm water runoff. The areas that CU has porous pavement systems are: Norlin Library Sundial Plaza, Parking Lot 274, Center for Community West Plaza, Center for Community East Plaza, Ketchem Bike Storage, IBS Parking Lot, and Fiske Planetarium Plaza. In addition there are 5 other areas that are designed and scheduled for construction.


Does the institution have retention ponds?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution's retention ponds:

CU has a total of 10 retention ponds on the campus, where most of these ponds function also as our raw water irrigation ponds. With the Colorado water laws, CU had to give up some our water rights in order to obtain a storage right for the water. Most of these ponds are located on the outfalls of our storm sewer systems which provide both water quality and water attenuation of storm events before the storm water runoff goes into Boulder Creek.


Does the institution have stone swales?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution's stone swales:

The University has a few stone swales on the campus. These swales are less common than the vegetated/bioswales as they do not always fit with the landscape architecture of the campus.


Does the institution have vegetated swales?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution's vegetated swales:

The University has numerous vegetated swales on the campus which are designed by our civil engineers in accordance with UDFCD requirements. These swales are located anywhere from inside parking medians to our quads.


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

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

Other technologies include: constructed wetland channels, constructed wetlands, infiltration pipes, detention ponds, and soil augmentations.


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