Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 58.09
Liaison Mark Klapatch-Mathias
Submission Date April 15, 2013
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STARS v1.2

University of Wisconsin-River Falls
OP-23: Stormwater Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Michael Stifter
Director
Facilities Mgmt.
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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:

In coordination with the UW System, the Division of Facilities Development (DFD), and the City of River Falls, UWRF utilizes a number of BMP's as they relate to stormwater. UWRF currently meets 2013 standards and reports annual stormwater efforts to the DNR.


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?:
No

A brief description of the institution's living or vegetated roof:
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Does the institution have porous paving?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution's porous paving:

Everything included is good, but could be enhanced given the work of this past year. N Lot, Cascade Avenue, Q Lot, O Lot’s completion, Falcon Center planning, etc.. Joe can provide a SWAG at specifics in terms of acreage or square footage. Even subtle things like the use of pervious materials with Cascade (pavers) versus stamped concrete or some other impervious surface could be noted as BMPs.


Does the institution have retention ponds?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution's retention ponds:

As outlined in UWRF's stormwater report, approximately 60,000 sqft of retention ponds are in use across campus.


Does the institution have stone swales?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution's stone swales:

Stone swales exist at the W lot at the Hunt-Knowles building and the old O lot at the South Fork Suites. Per Mike Stifter, a rough estimate would be approximately 10,000 sqft of stone swales in use across campus.


Does the institution have vegetated swales?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution's vegetated swales:

A few are in existence, and others are being developed by grounds crews this year (2011) around the Maintenance and Central Stores building and in other turf areas. Per Mike Stifer, a rough estimate would be approximately 10,000 sqft of vegetated swales in use across campus.


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:

UWRF has its own state licensed Municipal Storm Sewer System (MS4) designation and also works in close cooperation with the City of River Falls for annual inspections, etc.
Major projects over the 2011 summer include the East Side Landscaping Project (to the North of Maintenance and Central Stores building), which was designed to improve the stormwater management in the area. The new residence hall project has a major component as it was designed to make up for what wasn't done regarding stormwater in the original project. The parking lot project for the M lot has major stormwater components with additional catch basins and the addition of a dedicated sand/salt storage building to reduce runoff.. The repair work to the South Fork Suites also address previous stormwater shortfalls.
UWRF has met the 2013 stormwater standards (40% total suspended solids) since 2008 and continues to improve on these standards with each additional project.


I see we’ve included our departmental website, but I might also note the UW System one. It notes the other campuses and provides a nice summary of our work to date. http://www.uwsa.edu/capbud/stormwater.php

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