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Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 68.58
Liaison Mary Ellen Mallia
Submission Date Jan. 15, 2016
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University at Albany
OP-27: Rainwater Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Frank Fazio
Stormwater specialist
Facilities Management
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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?:

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

• Data Center - Renovation of Service Building C includes roof and site runoff to subsurface infiltrators.
• Liberty Terrace(New) - Green roof, rain gardens and some porous sidewalks.
• Service Building A renovation – Porous pavement
• Campus Center expansion – Green roof, porous pavement, porous sidewalks.
• Business Building and Collins Circle (New) – Runoff collection to sub-surface infiltration chambers.

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? :

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

Some of the treatment system utilize infiltration and only overflows discharge to the storm sewer system. This includes subsurface infiltration chambers, trench drains, bio-retention, rain gardens, infiltration basins, and subsurface sand filter. Treatment systems that release flows include micro-pool extended detention, open channels, extended detention wet ponds, and pocket ponds.

The University Stormwater Management Policy encourages that whenever possible, runoff is infiltrated into sub-soils with little or no discharges.

A brief description of any rainwater harvesting employed by the institution:

Rainwater harvested directly and stored/used by the institution, performance year:

A brief description of any rainwater filtering systems employed by the institution to treat water prior to release:

A brief description of any living or vegetated roofs on campus:

There is a green roof on the connector lobby of Liberty Terrace that is visible to the public. The Campus Center Expansion will also have a green roof when completed.

A brief description of any porous (i.e. permeable) paving employed by the institution:

There is currently porous pavement behind Service Building A and on the Purple Path behind SEFCU arena.

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

There currently are no plans for downspout disconnects. However, if a building is involved in a project, it is looked at. Also, for all new construction, downspouts are connected to sub-surface infiltration systems whenever possible.

A brief description of any rain gardens on campus:

A demonstration rain garden was installed at the Alumni House with the Stormwater Coalition and Albany County Cooperative Extension. This treats the roof runoff from the building. There are also two rain gardens at Liberty Terrace that treat the runoff from the refuse structure roof.

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

• There are two ponds at Liberty Terrace; a micropool extended detention and a pocket detention pond. These ponds treat the runoff prior to release to Indian Pond.
• A micro-pool extended detention pond is used to treat the runoff from the athletic stadium.
• Retention basins for infiltration are used at Tri-Centennial Dr. at Fuller Road, for runoff from Roads and building 25.
• There is an infiltration basin behind the grounds building that treats the runoff from the Vehicle Operations Building and the Grounds Building. An overflow from this basin goes to Indian Pond.

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

There currently are no bio-swales on the Campus grounds.

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

Other than those described, the only other management strategy is Indian Pond which has been in place since the development of the Campus. A good portion of the Campus runoff that is not managed by the new systems constructed is directed to Indian Pond for detention. Runoff collected at the Indian Pond is stored and used as the water supply for the Campus irrigation system. An outfall control structure maintains the level of the Pond.

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

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