Overall Rating Bronze - expired
Overall Score 38.05
Liaison Leslie North
Submission Date June 2, 2011
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Western Kentucky University
OP-23: Stormwater Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Cristin Lanham
Recycling Coordinator
Office of Sustainability
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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:

Western Kentucky University developed and began to implement its Stormwater Quality Management Plan in May of 2010. The plan allows WKU to meet its comittment to envornmental stewardship and to obtain a Phase II Stormwater Permit under the Clean Water Act. This permit is designed to prevent and reduce stormwater pollution. The permit requires WKU to address six areas, or control measures. The six control measures are:

Public Education and Outreach
Public Involvement and Participation
Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination
Site Stormwater Runoff Control
Post-Construction Stormwater Management, and Pollution Prevention
Pollution Prevention/Good Housekeeping
The geology of the region presents a unique challenge to managing stormwater due to its karst landscape. This site is intended to provide information about stormwater to our campus community.


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:

Three parking lots were recently renovated to include porous pavement and use of bioswales and vegetation to improve stormwater run-off.


Does the institution have retention ponds?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution's retention ponds:

There are multiple retention ponds on campus: one for parking lot runoff, one to catch runoff from our new construction which we are seeking LEED certification, and one at the low point on campus to collect runoff.


Does the institution have stone swales?:
No

A brief description of the institution's stone swales:
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Does the institution have vegetated swales?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution's vegetated swales:

Three parking lots were recently renovated to include vegetated swales and other stormwater retention features.


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:

Large cisterns have recently been installed on campus for collecting rainwater in three different locations.


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