Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 59.34
Liaison Elizabeth MacKenzie
Submission Date July 24, 2018
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STARS v2.1

University of Iowa
OP-23: Rainwater Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 2.00 Darice Baxter
Environmental Specialist
Facilities Management
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Which of the following best describes the institution’s approach to rainwater management?:
Less comprehensive policies, plans or guidelines that incorporate green infrastructure

A brief description of the institution’s green infrastructure and LID practices:
The University utilizes during and post Consturction best management practices, Green roofs, water storage mechanism (like rain tanks), permeable paving, and bioswales in a number of locations across campus in attempt to minimize rainwater contamination.

A copy of the institution’s rainwater management policy, plan, and/or guidelines:

A brief description of the institution’s rainwater management policy, plan, and/or guidelines that supports the responses above:
Stormwater Policy "The University of Iowa's stormwater permit covers all 1,968 acres of the campus. To monitor the quality of the water discharged into waterways, sampling of water discharge, tracking of water flow, and annual inspections of all outfalls into waterways will be done. MS4 permits are already in force in several other large local municipalities and you can review their programs by visiting their site from our home page.” http://facilities.uiowa.edu/pdc/stormwater.html Construction “Construction activities that result in a land disturbance of greater than or equal to one acre are required to have an operator implement an MS4 program to reduce the amount of pollutants in stormwater runoff from the construction site. The program must include an ordinance requiring the implementation of proper erosion and sediment controls, a site plan review of potential water quality impacts, site inspections, and sanctions to ensure compliance.” http://facilities.uiowa.edu/uem/stormwater.html Post-Construction “Post-construction runoff controls have shown to be the most cost-effective approach to stormwater quality management. Post-construction sediment is easily washed away in water flows into stormwater drains. Sediments like oil, grease, pesticides, heavy metals, nitrogen, and phosphorus can be left unchecked when a working crew leaves a construction site. Also, water flows in streams and rivers can be severely altered because new buildings and parking lots add drainage to stromwater sewers and transfer the water to waterways instead of allowing the water to be absorbed by the ground, plant life, and wildlife. Post-construction runoff controls consist of inspecting completed construction sites, tracking stormwater and waterways connected to newly constructed sites, and ordinances requiring post-construction runoff controls.” http://facilities.uiowa.edu/uem/stormwater/html Ongoing Campus Operations “An operation and maintenance program that strictly outlines the procedures and requirements for the MS4 has been put together to help train employees on pollution prevention and good housekeeping practices. Best management practices and measurable goals for the program will also be included in the procedures and requirements.” http://facilities.uiowa.edu/uem/stormwater.htm Public Education and Outreach “A public education and outreach program is needed to give the public a better understanding of the public’s personal responsibilities to maintain a clean environment. Responsibilities include taking steps to reduce the pollutants in stormwater, understanding the impact of stormwater on water quality, and reporting any illicit materials in stormwater drainage by phone or mail. Stormwater drains are marked with the stickers shown below.” http://www.facilities.uiowa.edu/uem/stormwater.html

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