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Liaison Dan Wakelee
Submission Date May 1, 2015
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California State University, Channel Islands
OP-27: Rainwater Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired John H. Gormley
Director, Planning Design and Construction
Operations, Planning, and Construction
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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?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s Low Impact Development (LID) practices:

The University has implemented several strategies to enhance percolation of stormwater run-off into the groundwater aquifer and reduce the quantity of run-off from entering the stormwater drain system. For new construction, the runoff from the roofs is led to planter areas. For existing buildings, the University has disconnected the downspouts from the stormwater piping system. This allows the run-off to sheet-flow and percolate into the groundwater aquifer before it enters the stormwater system. The University is converting the grounds adjacent to the buildings to planter areas so that the hydrological retention time is increased.

When the University initiates a capital construction project (either new or renovation), the general contractor is required to take the necessary actions to prevent all construction-related activities from contaminating ground water runoff from entering the storm drain system.


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? :
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s rainwater/stormwater management policy, plan, and/or strategies for ongoing campus operations:

CSUCI has initiated rainwater collection barrels in student housing, these were implemented through the Environmental Science department's student capstone projects.


A brief description of any rainwater harvesting employed by the institution:
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Rainwater harvested directly and stored/used by the institution, performance year:
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A brief description of any rainwater filtering systems employed by the institution to treat water prior to release:

Future projects are intended to implement further. These include ponding or swale areas for filtration, infiltration, evaporation, prior to overflowing to storm drain system. We corrected a problem with stream bed overflow that has caused flooding on campus in the past. We are implementing MS4 analysis efforts and will be studying some filtration devices pursuant to better runoff quality.


A brief description of any living or vegetated roofs on campus:
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A brief description of any porous (i.e. permeable) paving employed by the institution:

Several on-grade parking lots use crushed gravel as a means of providing needed parking inexpensively, but also to minimize the storm water runoff caused by these areas into the ground water.


A brief description of any downspout disconnection employed by the institution:

Most have been disconnected


A brief description of any rain gardens on campus:

Sierra Hall garden has been installed.


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

In the West Campus area, stormwater run-off from the main campus is retained in a natural field area, allowing the water to percolate before it enters an unlined creek.

In the North Campus area, the land is required to remain open because it is part of a regional watershed plan to handle flooding, but it is also the area where much of the rain water runoff collects in any type of rain storm.


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

The campus's Margaret Burgess Courtyard uses vegetation-stone bioswale, vegetation-stone bioswale at MVS center, and vegetation bioswale at North Parking Lot to filter rainwater before it enters the ground water.


A brief description of any other rainwater management technologies or strategies employed by the institution:

Most of the campus structures have sloped tile roofs. The campus standard for existing buildings and new construction is to only have building entrances be protected by rain gutters that discharge into vegetated areas. The remainder of the roof areas drains directly into vegetated areas which don’t impact the storm water pipe system.


The website URL where information about the institution’s rainwater management initiatives, plan or policy is available:
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