Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 58.11
Liaison R. Johnston
Submission Date March 10, 2014
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University of Missouri, Kansas City
OP-27: Rainwater Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 R. Kaye Johnston
Sustainability Coordinator
Campus Facilities
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Does the institution use Low Impact Development (LID) practices as a matter of policy or standard practice to reduce rainwater/stormwater runoff volume and improve outgoing water quality for new construction, major renovation, and other projects?:

A brief description of the institution’s Low Impact Development (LID) practices:

UMKC's Low Impact Developement practices fall in line with the state, federal and local city in the MS4 Stormwater Management guidelines and LEED Green Building Design and Construction Guidelines which requires the following:
Reduce the discharge of pollutants to the “maximum
extent practicable” (MEP);‘
Protect water quality; and‘
Satisfy the appropriate water quality requirements of the Clean Water Act.

Additionally UMKC also follows the guideline for LEED Building construction NC-2009 SSc6.1: Stormwater Design—Quantity Control :LEED & Stormwater Management
“Successful water-efficient landscaping depends on
site location and design. It is advantageous to couple landscaping improvements with water use reduction
strategies. The use of
native or adapted plants can reduce site maintenance needs.
Landscape plantings can
mitigate climate conditions
and reduce building energy consumption, for example by shading south facing windows. Vegetation can
aid passive solar design
, serve as a windbreak, provide pleasant views for building occupants,
and muffle off-site noise. Native plants can restore habitat for wildlife. In addition to reducing potable water consumption,
rainwater capture systems can be used to manage rainwater runoff
. Using graywater for irrigation reduces the amount of waste water delivered to water treatment facilities.”

+ Date Revised: April 15, 2014

Has the institution adopted a rainwater/stormwater management policy, plan, or strategies that mitigate the rainwater runoff impacts of ongoing campus operations through the use of green infrastructure? :

A brief description of the institution’s rainwater/stormwater management policy, plan, and/or strategies for ongoing campus operations:

There are five rain gardens on campus along with 2 garden roofs on two of our buildings. This slows down water runoff and keeps water on the campus grounds.

A brief description of any rainwater harvesting employed by the institution:

Rainwater harvested directly and stored/used by the institution, performance year:

A brief description of any rainwater filtering systems employed by the institution to treat water prior to release:

A brief description of any living or vegetated roofs on campus:

There are two living vegetated roofs on campus. One at the Student Union and the other at Miller Nichols Library

A brief description of any porous (i.e. permeable) paving employed by the institution:

As part of a partnership with Campus Faculties and the Engineering Department, faculty trained staff to install a porous sidewalk in the middle of campus as a demonstration for students and to evaluate the durability different sealants.

A brief description of any downspout disconnection employed by the institution:

A brief description of any rain gardens on campus:

There are five rain gardens on campus along with 2 garden roofs on two of our buildings. This slows down water runoff and keeps water on the campus grounds.

A brief description of any stormwater retention and/or detention ponds employed by the institution:

The new Student Union is utilizing best practices by the addition of a detention pond to handle storm water.

A brief description of any bioswales on campus (vegetated, compost or stone):

A brief description of any other rainwater management technologies or strategies employed by the institution:

Rain Gardens are also a part of the strategies for storm water management

The website URL where information about the institution’s rainwater management initiatives, plan or policy is available:

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