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The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 66.74
Liaison joni newcomer
Submission Date Jan. 26, 2017
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STARS v2.1

New Mexico State University
OP-23: Rainwater Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 2.00 Jack Kirby
Stormwater Management Guru
Env. Health and Safety
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Which of the following best describes the institution’s approach to rainwater management?:
Less comprehensive policies, plans or guidelines that incorporate green infrastructure

A brief description of the institution’s green infrastructure and LID practices:

In 2009 NMSU developed and adopted a Stormwater Management Program (SWMP). The SWMP established a plan to reduce the quantity and protect the quality of stormwater runoff. SWMP initiatives to mitigate stormwater runoff impacts of construction and development include: implementation of Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan requirements, review checklists, and inspection checklists for all construction activities; development of drainage design guidelines for both quantity and quality; modification of tenant leases to require controls during construction and the use of stormwater design guidelines; promotion of Low Impact Development. SWMP initiatives to mitigate stormwater runoff impacts of facility operations include: employee training; written ‘Good Housekeeping’ procedures for maintenance shops; integrated pest management; and a maintenance program for the drainage system, including written procedures for proper disposal of sediment, trash and other debris removed from the system.


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

NMSU has two primary documents addressing rainwater management; 1) the 2009 Storm Water Management Plan (uploaded here), and 2) the Urban Drainage Criteria. The Stormwater Management Plan outlines in detail the steps NMSU will take to manage all facets of stormwater. The Urban Drainage Criteria are design standards to be applied to all capital projects, dictating how water should be detained, and/or drained.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

NMSU has a full time Assistant Director in our Environmental Health and Safety office. He is in charge of all stormwater and water projects reporting. We meet and report on all local and state criteria for water management in a southwestern state faced with drought and many water challenges.

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