Stormwater management is an important part of college conservation and sustainability. Stormwater drains capture and control surface water run-off. These drains are checked and cleaned quarterly. This water is filtered by the college’s 5 rain gardens before being stored for slow release to the streams by detention ponds. One landscaped rain garden is in the center of the new Center for Science and Health Professions plaza. This building also has extensive underground rainwater detention as will Lot 15 when complete. These measures all serve to improve our environmental quality both on campus and beyond our borders. Every new construction project also has a state approved erosion and sediment control plan (E&S Plan) that is maintained by the contractor to prevent excessive sediment from leaving the site. The college maintains an MS4 permit and submits annual reports to the Commonwealth’s Department of Environmental Quality. Requirements and reporting are rigorous.
August 16, 2013