|Submission Date||Feb. 15, 2016|
University of Richmond
OP-27: Rainwater Management
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:
Westhampton Lake is used as a BMP (Best Management Practice) for the majority of campus that contribute to storm water runoff. Areas not draining to the lake have been addressed using bioswales.
All new construction projects on campus are governed by the Chesapeake Bay Act which requires all land disturbance to provide erosion control measures which exceed the EPA standards. These measures include: erosion fencing trenched/staked around the land disturbed; construction entrances where mud is washed off vehicles prior to leaving the construction site; and temporary storm water retention ponds (when required).
It should be noted that the 13 acre Westhampton Lake is cleaned of debris and the inlet dredged of sediment annually.
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:
The University has successfully met the regulatory requirements for stormwater quality and quantity through underground detention systems associated with new projects and the acknowledgement that Westhampton Lake improved downstream water quality.
Several retention basins and underground pipe structures have metered outflows to keep flooding to a minimum.
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:
At the Westhampton Center, a Bio-Retention garden was established during renovation of the Deanery.
A brief description of any stormwater retention and/or detention ponds employed by the institution:
The Weshampton Center side culvert/stream runs into a large retention basin located next to the building; the Queally addition to the Robins School of Business has an underground pipe structure.
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: