Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 63.21
Liaison Mark Klapatch-Mathias
Submission Date June 30, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of Wisconsin-River Falls
OP-22: Rainwater Management

Status Score Responsible Party
2.00 / 2.00 Brian Wickboldt
Facilities Planning Specialist
Facilities Management
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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:

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 2020 standards and reports annual stormwater efforts to the DNR.

All UW System institutions adhere to State policies in new construction and major renovations that dictate Low Impact Development practices for stormwater control on construction sites for any state-controlled land. Wisconsin Administrative codes NR 216, NR 151, and SPS 60 establish standards regulating soil erosion and protecting the quality of Wisconsin’s ground and surface water. The Department of Safety and Professional Services website for the Division of Industry Services Soil Erosion Program and DNR Construction Site Erosion Control and Stormwater Management can provide detailed information https://dnr.wi.gov/topic/stormwater/construction/erosion_control.html.
The Department of Administration-Division of Facilities Development & Management has adopted sustainable design practices for both erosion control and permanent stormwater management measures. Permanent storm water management measures must be incorporated into the final site and plumbing design in accordance with SPS 60 and NR 151, as well as the institution’s WPDES permit to discharge stormwater, on all construction sites disturbing one or more acres. Sediment and Erosion Control Plans shall meet the following objectives: prevent loss of soil during construction by stormwater runoff and/or wind erosion, including protecting topsoil by stockpiling for reuse, prevent sedimentation of storm sewer or receiving streams, and prevent polluting the air with dust and particulate matter.
Stormwater is dictated through State of Wisconsin Statutes NR 151: https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/code/admin_code/nr/100/151
Lastly, site development requirements were previously integrated into the State of Wisconsin's Sustainable Facilities Standards and include:
1) Reduced Site Disturbance: Development Footprint
2) Permanent Stormwater Management: Discharge Rate and Volume per DNR 151
3) Permanent Stormwater Management: Quality Treatment per DNR 151.
These standards are currently being updated (June 2020).


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:

The campus and community are very proud of its efforts in this area. The campus greatly exceeds the requirements set in place, greatly benefiting from the excellent working relationship with the City of River Falls which is recognized as a regional and state leader in this area. The City regularly consults and assists in the inspection of our system. In addition, a Preventative Maintenance system is in place to regularly inspect our system. Grounds crews are also very good at inspecting the system after a large rain event.


Website URL where information about the institution’s green infrastructure and LID practices is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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