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Liaison Leslie Kruser
Submission Date Feb. 18, 2012
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Judson University
OP-23: Stormwater Management

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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 campus physical plan states that: “The campus masterplan includes a number of maps that identify likely location of stormwater management through rain gardens and bioswales, locations for future PV and green roofs, and rainwater collection locations and volumes for future development.”

Tyler Creek (a Fox River tributary) runs through the Judson campus. The creek has experienced a significant flooding problem in recent years due to upstream development because the excess flow from this development is destabilizing and eroding both the stream banks and parts of the stream channel.
In an effort to stabilize the creek banks and water quality, the University initiated a planting project in 2008 to introduce trees, grasses, and other native plantings that would help stabilize the soil along the river banks.

Then, in 2011, the Illinois EPA arranged for funding to complete the stream re-stabilization process. "The project includes preparing design specifications for the installation of best management practices to stabilize approximately 830 feet of eroding streambank and 200 feet of eroding stream channel. In addition, 0.3 acres of riparian buffer will be installed. Streambanks will be stabilized using a combination of stone toe protection, vegetated geogrids, slope regrading, minor clearing of non-native vegetation, and re-vegetation of deep-rooted native plants. Stream channel stabilization will be achieved through the modification of two existing on-line dams into artificial riffles. The riparian buffer strip will be planted with native vegetation to filter runoff and help reduce fecal coliform loadings by discouraging waterfall from accessing the stream." (Source: Illinois EPA Agreement #3191106)

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:

Judson University has a vegetated roof over its campus dining hall. The dining hall is located partially underground and its entire roof is covered in grasses.

Does the institution have porous paving?:

A brief description of the institution's porous paving:

Judson University has implemented porous paving in all new paving projects since 2008. Specific porous paving locations include the parking lot outside the Ohio dormitory hall parking lot and the HAWAC (LEED Gold certified building) parking lots.

Does the institution have retention ponds?:

A brief description of the institution's retention ponds:

Judson University has a retention pond which consists of the main bioswale near the Wilson dormitory hall. Also, a second retention pond is in place outside the Volkman dormitory hall to help reduce the impacts of runoff stormwater. (Prior to the installation of this retention pond, the dormitory used to flood on a regular basis.)

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:

The University has a vegetated bioswale near the Wilson dormatory hall which helps to collect and manage stormwater runoff.

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

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

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