Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 51.19
Liaison Jim Walker
Submission Date Jan. 31, 2011
Executive Letter Download

STARS v1.0

University of Texas at Austin
OP-23: Stormwater Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Scott Wiedeman
Safety Specialist III
Environmental Health and Safety
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Does the institution have a policy, plan, and/or strategies to reduce stormwater runoff from new development projects? :
Yes

Does the institution have a policy, plan, and/or strategies to reduce stormwater runoff from ongoing campus operations? :
Yes

A brief description of the institution's stormwater management initiatives:

The University of Texas at Austin has had a storm water permit under the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and now the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) since 2000. As part of this Permit, the University has developed and implemented a Storm Water Management Program to address all campus operations that may potentially have an adverse effect on storm water discharges The program includes new development at the Main Campus, Pickle Research Campus, and the Colorado and Brackenridge Apartments that are owned and operated by the University.
The University of Texas Storm Water Management Plan (SWMP) addresses areas for ongoing campus activities by establishing inspection and monitoring, best management practices, and policies and procedures for University Staff to follow to minimize negative impacts to storm water discharges. UT-Austin has formally adopted the Waller Creek which runs through the main campus under a program called “Keep Austin Beautiful” and volunteer student cleanups of the Creek are organized twice a year.
Inspection and monitoring of storm sewer system, annual open channel and quarterly open channel restriction inspections, procedural and structural Best Management Practices ( BMPs) as well as inspection and maintenance requirements for all construction projects, flood control projects, sweeping and removal of debris accumulation on roadways, requirements for pesticide and herbicide application, illicit and improper disposal identification and elimination, spill prevention and response program, public education, wet and dry weather monitoring.


The website URL where information about the institution's stormwater management initiatives, plan or policy is available:
Does the institution have a living or vegetated roof?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution's living or vegetated roof:

A simple grass roof has been planted for sections of the new Student Activity Center in central campus.


Does the institution have porous paving?:
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A brief description of the institution's porous paving:
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Does the institution have retention ponds?:
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A brief description of the institution's retention ponds:
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Does the institution have stone swales?:
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A brief description of the institution's stone swales:
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Does the institution have vegetated swales?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution's vegetated swales:

The majority of conveyance for the Pickle Research campus is comprised of above ground grass lined swales.


Does the institution employ any other technologies or strategies for stormwater management?:
Yes

A brief description of other technologies or strategies for stormwater management employed:

Storm water vaults for the purpose of collecting storm water capture to be reused for non-potable water sources such as irrigation and toilet flushing.


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