Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 53.64
Liaison William Cocke
Submission Date May 14, 2014
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STARS v2.0

University of North Texas
OP-27: Rainwater Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 2.00 Todd Spinks
UNT Sustainability
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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:

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:

UNT has a Storm Water Management Plan (SWMP). Various UNT Departments have agreed to make improvements to lower contamination of any storm water runoff. Reports have been produced for the last 2 years showing the improvements that have occurred. All new development projects must follow the SWMP.

The following are some of UNT's storm water management initiatives:

a) Education of the UNT community and the Denton community is a high priority so that people recognize any contamination of storm water runoff and report it to Risk Management or the UNT Police. Finding the problems and correcting them is important.

b) Identifying all of the storm water entry points and all of the outfalls with good tagging and mapping their locations in mapping software was an early goal completed by UNT facilities.

c) Proper land management and landscaping processes that use the Best Management Practices (BMPs) are also listed in the SWMP and Facilities has implemented these processes into their work involving land use or landscaping.

d) Developing a partnership with the City of Denton is showing progress---the plan for implementation of a natural water treatment area just below the ponds at the north end of the Mean Green Athletic and Apogee stadium areas is in planning using grant monies obtained by the City. EESAT students being educated in the Environmental Sciences will be able to follow the storm water runoff quality as the natural plants begin doing their work.

e) Reporting of all of the above progress to TCEQ has been accepted and approved by this agency.

The next 5 year plan will find new goals to continue this improvement in keeping storm water runoff clean.

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:

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

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

A brief description of any rain gardens on campus:

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

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:

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

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