Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 65.21
Liaison Gary Cocke
Submission Date Sept. 11, 2019
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The University of Texas at Dallas
OP-23: Rainwater Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Gary Cocke
Sustainability Director
Office of Sustainability
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Which of the following best describes the institution’s approach to rainwater management?:
Comprehensive policies, plans or guidelines that require LID practices for all new projects

A brief description of the institution’s green infrastructure and LID practices:

UT Dallas is located within the boundaries of the City of Richardson’s “urbanized area” (UA) and is regulated under the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) Phase II Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit. The overall goal of the MS4 permit is to improve the water quality of Cottonwood Creek flowing through our campus into receiving waters, and to protect the US waterways from pollution.

Environmental Affairs manages the University’s storm water compliance programs, including permitting, spill prevention, above-ground storage inspections, and outfall inspections.

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 Pollution Prevention Plans (SWPPPs) – pronounced “Swipps” – and Stormwater Management Plans (SWMPs) - pronounced "Swamps" - are site-specific, written documents that: (1) identify potential sources of stormwater pollution on a construction, industrial and/or municipal site; (2) describe stormwater control measures and Best Management Practices (BMPs) that will be used to reduce or eliminate pollutants in stormwater discharges from the project site; and (3) identify the procedures the operator of the project site will implement to comply with the terms and conditions of the site-specific general permit.

SWPPPs and SWMPs are ever-changing documents. In order for a construction, industrial or municipal project site to remain in compliance with the Clean Water Act's NPDES permitting program, a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan or Stormwater Management Plan, which details the sites' stormwater management initiatives, must be developed and maintained throughout the construction project's entirety. As the project progresses and goes through changes, the SWPPP or SWMP is required to be revised to reflect those changes. The Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan and Stormwater Management Plan is comprised of site maps, BMP details, inspection reports, spill reports, corrective action logs and associated waivers.

Contractors who are involved with construction projects on campus must comply with all applicable regulations regarding stormwater protection.The state of Texas and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) were granted delegated authority by the EPA to administer their own National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permitting Program for wastewater and stormwater discharges associated with construction activity, industrial activity as well as Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) activity. Because the EPA and The Clean Water Act required a program for addressing the pollution caused by stormwater discharges, The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality implemented and managed the Texas Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (TPDES) Permitting Program to fulfill all Clean Water Act and federal mandates. The TPDES provides a process for project owners and operators to attain permit coverage allowing the discharge of stormwater and wastewater into Texas surface waters.

•Prior to submitting Notice of Intent to EPA;
•Site Description
•Potential Pollutant Sources
•Training Log
•Inspection Log
•Update The SWPPP
•Emergency Contacts

By practicing health pollution prevention habits, campus community members can keep pollutants like dirt and common garbage that collect on paved areas from washing into storm drains.

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

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