|Submission Date||Feb. 25, 2020|
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
OP-22: Rainwater Management
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Which of the following best describes the institution’s approach to rainwater management?:
A brief description of the institution’s green infrastructure and LID practices:
Outdoor spaces at UMBC serve numerous important roles for the campus. Natural areas on campus include beautiful wooded stream corridors, riparian corridors, and wooded buffers to adjoining residential development and major roadways. Natural areas supporting longterm ecological research include the Knoll and CERA. There are also outdoor areas where people meet, gather, play, and rest. These open spaces include quadrangles, plazas, athletic fields, meadows, gardens, and pedestrian spines and other walkways. While these active open spaces may be associated with specific programming needs and/or architectural aesthetics, they also provide important ecological and hydrological functions.
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 Management - Institutional Management Plan
A recently completed hydrologic study provides UMBC with a holistic strategy for managing rainfall run-off originating from campus as well
as from upland sources in Catonsville. Best management practices and site improvements that maximize environmental benefit and can be
effectively integrated into future campus development were recommended.
Submitted to the Maryland Department of the Environment as an Institutional Management Plan, the study includes specific projects that
have the potential to drastically improve how UMBC manages stormwater. Specific opportunities for stormwater management improvements
• Installing green roofs on existing and new buildings to treat rainfall that falls on these buildings
• Creating a new wetland area to the west of the UMBC stadium in a depression created by the confluence of several streams
• Creating working landscapes within existing and planned campus open spaces in ways that lend beauty, provide water management,
and create environments for pollinators
Website URL where information about the institution’s green infrastructure and LID practices is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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