|Submission Date||May 26, 2014|
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The institution is located on federal land and is therefore subject to federal legislation. According to the Federal Fisheries Act, deleterious substances may not enter a fish-bearing stream. During construction fish-bearing waterways are protected by ensuring runoff does not enter the waterways and environmental monitors must be present on-site during construction. Before construction or road work, a federal environmental assessment must be completed. During ongoing campus operations, stormwater is not highly contaminated and recharges local groundwater. Landscaping and grounds use groundwater for irrigation, so in this sense the water is recycled. Rainwater collection is also done and is used for flushing toilets. Finally, all fish-bearing water bodies are monitored.
Non-porous paving is minimized. Major roads are paved and two parking lots are paved, the others are gravel. Non-porous paving of paths is also minimized. The only path that is paved is the one to Hatley Castle. The rest of the paths on campus are gravel.
There are natural retention ponds on site including a wetland and a kettle lake.
The vegetated swales surround the creeks in the formal garden and were built for aesthetic and water quality purposes.
RRU has partnered with Camosun College for a pilot project regarding storm drains in one of the parking lots. The project is meant to ensure that no oil and other chemicals enter the watershed.