Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 55.50
Liaison Cora Kenfield
Submission Date July 22, 2014
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STARS v2.0

Vassar College
OP-27: Rainwater Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 2.00 Jeff Walker
College Sustainability Coordinator
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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:

For construction disturbances of greater than one acre, the state Department of Environmental Conservation requires planning and monitoring of stormwater mitigation. The college hires an engineer to design a stormwater mitigation pan, and to inspect the implementation of that plan at regular intervals. For construction disturbances less than one acre, the college is not required to mitigate stormwater runoff, but it does so anyway by requiring the contractor to install stormwater protection (silt fencing, hay bales, check dams, filter fabric, storm catch basin protection, etc.) which the college inspects at regular intervals.

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:


A brief description of any rainwater harvesting employed by the institution:


Rainwater harvested directly and stored/used by the institution, performance year:
0 Gallons

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:

We have two. One is located at the Town Houses and the other is located at Walker Field House Parking lot .

A brief description of any stormwater retention and/or detention ponds employed by the institution:

Two retention ponds were installed around a remediated waste dump on the Vassar Farm.

A brief description of any bioswales on campus (vegetated, compost or stone):

"Rain gardens" (vegetated swales) have been installed in two parking area on campus.

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:

The college has begun to create a stormwater master plan.

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