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Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.93
Liaison Srinivasan Raghavan
Submission Date Feb. 24, 2015
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University of Missouri
OP-27: Rainwater Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Alicia LaVaute
Sr. Recycling & Waste Minimization Specialist
Sustainability Office
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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:

MU standard practice requires that all new construction that increases impervious area match pre-construction peak flow conditions. It is a typical goal to provide volume control to mimic the pre-construction conditions. BMPs are designed using nomographs derived from long term rainfall runoff simulations based on local climate data that incorporates actual storm and precipitation characteristics. If the stormwater cannot be effectively managed on site, an offsite location may be selected within the same drainage area.

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:

We have implemented a stormwater masterplan that includes future locations for BMPs across campus. As funding is available, or as projects are developed that can contribute to this master plan, these BMPs are installed.

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

A cistern at Tucker Hall is used to water plants at the Tucker greenhouse.

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 small green roof on the Life Sciences Building.

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

There are several porous paving installations on campus, including: Gillett/Hudson and Johnston/Wolpers residence hall; outside of the Sustainability Office; on Traditions Plaza; west of Stankowski Field; and at the corner of Missouri Ave. and Rollins St.

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


A brief description of any rain gardens on campus:

The university has four rain gardens on campus, including: Gillett/Hudson residence hall; two at Animal Resource Center; and one at Providence and Stewart Roads.

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

Detention basins are located west and south of the Southwest Campus Housing complex. These basins capture and release peak flows from adjacent storm sewers and the residence halls roof drains. A detention basin captures a portion of the runoff from parking lot CG-1 and releases the stormwater at a slower rate.

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


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

In an effort to reduce trash, salt and sediment from reaching campus storm sewers, MU Facility Operations routinely sweeps campus sidewalks and streets. In addition, in an effort to reduce the negative stormwater quality impacts from sodium chloride, we have started to use magnesium chloride for snow removal.

MU has established a variety of policies and plans which include storm water considerations. These include the Campus Master Plan, the Campus Design Principles, and the University of Missouri Design Guidelines.

Environmental Health and Safety is responsible for several programs and projects that protect storm water. These include the hazardous materials management program, development of Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasures (SPCC) Plans for management of oil, and a project to label storm drains with special discs.

Recently, a Mizzou Advantage undergraduate research grant gave five students a chance to investigate stormwater best management practices on the MU campus. For more information on this project, refer to: http://engineering.missouri.edu/2011/05/mu%E2%80%99s-stormwater-best-management-practices-focus-of-undergraduate-research/

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

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