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Key Objective: 8.2 Coordinated Rainwater Management

The iCAP 2020, objective 8.2 is: “Coordinate rainwater management plans for the entire urbanized areas of Champaign, Urbana, Savoy, and the university. Starting in FY21, share the total number of green infrastructure locations on the iCAP Portal on an annual basis.” The responsible campus unit for championing this objective is F&S with the support of Extension. Progress is tracked in the iCAP Portal project page for the Rainwater Management Plans.

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Explanation

To complement the comprehensive approach outlined in Objective #8.1, we hope to implement a similar coordinated rainwater management plan for the three urbanized areas surrounding campus. The Champaign County Storm Water Working Group holds a quarterly meeting with representatives from the university and the urbanized areas of the City of Champaign, the City of Urbana, and the Village of Savoy. F&S and U of I Extension will collaborate with this Working Group to coordinate a community-wide rainwater management strategy.

In addition to traditional stormwater sewers and the green infrastructure opportunities described in the Land & Water chapter, other innovative solutions will be explored to complete this objective. One example is a Regenerative Stormwater Conveyance, also known as step-pool conveyance systems, which involves building up a degraded stream (e.g, with sand, mulch, boulders, and trees) to ultimately create pools through which water can flow.  This filters the water, reestablishes the original habitat, and results in a beautiful community asset and value-add for neighborhood homes.    

Effective rainwater management is crucial to combating urban vulnerabilities to climate change. A specific concern for this region is the projected increased frequency of droughts. In response, our coordinated rainwater management plan will include a drought management plan, considering plant selection options and rainwater harvesting techniques.

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