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Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 77.43
Liaison Claudia Frere-Anderson
Submission Date Oct. 14, 2015
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University of Washington, Seattle
OP-27: Rainwater Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 John Wallace
Environmental Health & Safety
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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:

Stormwater Management Program
Under federal and state guidelines, the UW is classified as a Phase I Permit Secondary Permittee, and must comply with applicable Phase I Permit requirements. The UW must also comply with all relevant ordinances, rules and regulations of the local jurisdiction (City of Seattle).
The University of Washington has a series on initiatives to handle the storm water problem.

- Public education and outreach on the impacts of stormwater pollution.
- Public involvement and participation.
- Detection and elimination of illicit discharges.
- Construction site stormwater runoff control.
- Post-construction stormwater management for new development and redevelopment.
- Pollution prevention and good housekeeping for facilities operations.

For more information on each initiatives, see following link: http://www.ehs.washington.edu/epowaterqual/smpseattle.pdf

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

The Center for Urban Horticulture has a small cistern.

Mercer Court, apartment style residence halls, collects rainwater for laundry.

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 are living roofs on some of the new construction and on top of some of the underground parking.

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

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

A brief description of any rain gardens on campus:

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

No. Retention ponds are not generally used in the Pacific Northwest. Detention is the typical option. The University is not required, by City of Seattle ordinance, to provided detention for storm water facilities discharging to the City storm system or Lake Washington.

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

1 typical 200 foot biofitration swale and 1 water quality swale.

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

Stormfilters by Contech Stormwater solutions (about 18 cartridges total) and 2 stormceptor products are currently in use.
We also have 2 rain gardens and 1 bioretention facility

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

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