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Liaison Jamey Pavey
Submission Date Jan. 25, 2011
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Earlham College
OP-23: Stormwater Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Cindy Callahan
Assistant Director of Facilities
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Does the institution have a policy, plan, and/or strategies to reduce stormwater runoff from new development projects? :

Does the institution have a policy, plan, and/or strategies to reduce stormwater runoff from ongoing campus operations? :

A brief description of the institution's stormwater management initiatives:

The Earlham College follows the Storm Management Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP), which includes:
I) determined Spill-Clean-Up Procedures:
A)Stop the spill
B)Instructions for the Containment and Clean-Up of the Spill

II) Best Management Practices (BMP's) to Reduce Storm Water Pollution:
A) In Construction Sites, follow determined strategies of:
Sediment and Erosion Control
-Vegetation – permanent or temporary protection with plants and grasses
-Mulching – straw or wood mulch, erosion control blankets
- Silt Fence
- Inlet Protection – filter fabric or stone berm
- Check Dams – rock or straw bale
- Construction entrances should be constructed and maintained
Waste Management
-Control trash and debris by using designated containers with lids and containment
-Secure trash on trucks prior to transport using tarps or other approved methods
-Keep trash and litter picked up before it leaves the site
B) For Fleet Maintenance, follow determined strategies of:
Leaks and Spills
Cleaning and/or Washing
C) Material Storage procedures
Follow MSDS instructions
Store in original or other clearly marked container
Store in sealed containers indoors when possible or outside under roof when necessary
use secondary containment
Inspect containers on a regular basis
Aggregate materials shall be stored in a manner to prevent migration of material off-site during rains and away from storm drains
Salt shall be stored under roof and away from storm drains
D) Determined procedures for Storm Water Conveyance System Maintenance

E) Street Maintenance guidelines for:
-Pavement Repair

F) Grounds Maintenance guidelines

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?:

A brief description of the institution's living or vegetated roof:

Does the institution have porous paving?:

A brief description of the institution's porous paving:

Behind one of our college houses, we have porous pavement for the parking lot size 20'x20' installed of Modular Concrete Turfstone Pavers.

Does the institution have retention ponds?:

A brief description of the institution's retention ponds:

Three out of the five ponds we have at the back-campus area work as retention ponds: Cope pond, Word pond and Markle pond. They were all made in 2007 and each has about 100 feet of diameter and 4 to 5 feet of depth.
They stop the runoff from the playing fields and the horse barn from reaching the back-campus woods and affecting its soil.
These ponds fill in Spring and dry up in the Summer, nourishing the local wildlife.

Does the institution have stone swales?:

A brief description of the institution's stone swales:

Does the institution have vegetated swales?:

A brief description of the institution's vegetated swales:

Does the institution employ any other technologies or strategies for stormwater management?:

A brief description of other technologies or strategies for stormwater management employed:

We follow a Stormwater Management plan that is standard for Richmond and the State of Indiana.

The retention ponds were a project done mainly by the Biology department, specially John Iverson, aiming to support the local amphibians and reptiles, as well as reducing the impact of stormwater runoffs.

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