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Water Management

Water Runoff is a major problem in built-up areas is the reduction in permeable land surface. As a result, storm water is increased, causing erosion and, in many cases, flooding. For more than 12 years, all University construction projects have included onsite detention of storm water to keep run off to pre-construction levels. Additional detention areas have been constructed to slow down water coming from off campus area but flowing through the University.

SAG has funded the construction of a rain garden demonstration project in the detention area for parking lot E. The rain garden is designed to clean the water, as well as slow its flow. Annie Protho, a civil engineering graduate student, designed the project under the supervision of Dr. Susan Morgan. About 20 volunteers populated the 7,300-square-foot garden with nearly 1,200 plants of 24 types, including sedges, button bush, cardinal lobelia, golden rod, aster, blazing stars, hydrangea, buckeye, viburnum, iris, little blue stem, hibiscus.

Other runoff control measures include:

  • Dredging several ponds to assure their health and ability to continue to perform as detention structures;
  • Limiting the use of turf chemicals;
  • Placing green roofs on some of our buildings.
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