Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 55.44
Liaison Bradley Flamm
Submission Date March 4, 2022

STARS v2.2

West Chester University of Pennsylvania
OP-22: Rainwater Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 2.00 Bradley Flamm
Director of Sustainability
Office of the President
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Which of the following best describes the institution’s approach to rainwater management?:
Less comprehensive policies, plans or guidelines that incorporate green infrastructure

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

The WCU campus is entirely within the boundaries of the Chester County Conservation District (CCCD) and is subject to the stormwater regulations of the CCCD. These are stringent, and their application to new construction projects, major renovations, and other projects that significantly change the campus grounds, ensures mitigation of the impacts of stormwater runoff. In September 2017, WCU complied with state law by finalizing a Pollution Reduction Plan For Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) (see link below). West Chester University will be preparing an updated MS4 report in the Fall of 2022.

At present the University’s projects are permitted as phases under an “umbrella permit” that was established when the EO Bull building renovations and additions project received its permit.


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:

West Chester University has developed a Pollution Reduction Plan (PRP) for its Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) in accordance with the requirements of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Stormwater Discharges From Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems Pollution Reduction Plan Instructions as required by the PAG-13 Authorization to Discharge Under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) General Permit for Stormwater Discharges from Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4). WCU has created a PRP to address discharges to from our MS4 affecting the siltation impairments in Plum Run of the Brandywine Creek Watershed and pathogen and siltation impairments in Chester Creek as identified by the MS4 Requirements (Non-Municipal) Anticipated Obligations for the Subsequent NPDES Permit Term.


Website URL where information about the institution’s green infrastructure and LID practices is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Data Source: Kathleen DiJoseph (kdijoseph@wcupa.edu) Executive Director, Campus Planning and Development

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