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Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 67.35
Liaison Laurie Husted
Submission Date June 9, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Bard College
OP-23: Rainwater Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Randy Clum
Asst. Director Buildings & Grounds
Buildings & Grounds
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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:

For New Development Projects: Morris and Associates have been our Civil Engineers for years. Any project that we develop is passed through their offices and reviewed by them. They develop the stormwater runoff plan according to federal and state regulations. The plan is then reviewed through the local governments to make sure that all the criteria has been met, before any permits are issued. The practice is constantly evolving, taking lessons learned and best available practices to ensure that with each new construction rainwater management practices that are implemented are as robust as possible.

For Ongoing Campus Operations: the college has three strategies it employs for on going operations. At the direction of the Assistant Director of Grounds, Randy Clum (who has taken a Certified Professional course in Erosion and Sediment Control), utilizes porous paving of vegetated and stone swales.


A copy of the institution’s rainwater management policy, plan, and/or guidelines:
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A brief description of the institution’s rainwater management policy, plan, and/or guidelines that supports the responses above:

Storm water practices have improved over the years. Most recently, Bard completed (2015) the rehabilitation of a dirt parking lot, abutting a wetland, into a permeable pavement lot with a reclaimed and constructed wetland/buffer as well as several bioswales. Bard has implemented stormwater control features on all new projects such as Fisher Center, NV Complex, RKC, Blum Avery and Bito. Typically when we do improvements around campus, we try to improve on the old way of doing things and make simple changes to manage storm water. The improvements include: control overflow and trying reduce it by directing it through a coarse aggregate which also filters out fines, along with use of bioswales and other features to control the amount and force in which storm water is released back in the environment which prevents erosion.

Examples of this are:
*Olin Parking Lot (permeable pavement with reclaimed/constructed wetland and bioswales system).
*Bioswale at Bito along with retention pond.
*Pervious pavers Main Campus, 911 access road behind the New Alumni Dorms and Stevenson Gym.
*Performing Arts Center Retention ponds.
*Storm water dams to slow down run off and capture some of the fines before entering the structure and exiting the structure the same idea before it enters the retention pond or in many instances drainage ditch. Used in several location around campus.


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