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  1. Water006 Lot F23 Monitoring - Transmitted

    Following the completion of iWG assessment for Water006 Lot F23 Monitoring, the recommendation was transmitted back to the Water SWATeam so that a proposal for funding this project may be submitted to the Student Sustainability Committee.

    See iWG assessment of Water006 Lot F23 Monitoring attached.

    See SWATeam Recommendation Water006 Lot F23 Monitoring here.

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  2. Water006 Lot F23 Monitoring - Submittal

    The WSW SWATeam submitted a recommendation to the iWG, stating: 

    "The Water/Stormwater SWATTeam recommends that instrumentation to monitor the quality and quantity of runoff from parking lot F23 should be installed in the storm sewer carrying runoff from the lot. An instrumentation vault was installed at the southeast corner of the lot (where the storm sewer leaves the lot) several years ago, but no instrumentation installed. In order to demonstrate the impact of Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI), this instrumentation should be installed and operational for at least one year before GSI is installed on the lot to provide a baseline to compare the post -installation runoff quality and quantity. We suggest a pressure transducer to record continuous water level (providing the flow rate using a calibrated stage-flow rating), a water-quality multiprobe with sensors for: turbidity, nitrate, pH, dissolved oxygen, temperature, specific conductivity, fluorescent dye (which will be used to develop the stage-flow rating). The location would also need a data logger to record the measurements, and auxiliary components such as power supply and shelter."

    See attached the SWATeam recommendation Water006 Lot F23 Monitoring complete with comments from WSW SWATeam members.

    An iCAP Working Group assessment of this recommendation began on June 7, 2019.

  3. Water007 SeeClickFix - Submittal

    The WSW SWATeam submitted a recommendation to the iWG, stating: 

    "SeeClickFix is an application that is used by citizens of both Champaign and Urbana to report damaged or underperforming infrastructure to their local public works departments for repair. According to this application, 2498 issues were fixed all time in Champaign, and 27 have been resolved in Urbana. In similar fashion, the University has a few options to crowd-source data about infrastructure problems:

    1. Facilities and Services (F&S) can set up their own account as the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign through the service to cut out the need to communicate directly with the two cities. This would most likely be the more costly option, but would be quick and require no third-party effort.
    2. F&S could collaborate with Champaign and Urbana to receive information about infrastructure problems that fall under the campus’ jurisdiction. This option would likely be cheaper than having a subscription, but cooperation with the cities would be pivotal.
    3. Through student-led projects, develop a campus-specific application and database. In this case, spatial data and data about the kind of problem can be incorporated with GIS and would be more readily available to the campus community. Water specific data could be used to determine the optimum locations for green stormwater infrastructure."

    See attached the SWATeam recommendation Water007 SeeClickFix complete with comments from WSW SWATeam members.

    An iCAP Working Group assessment of this recommendation began on June 7, 2019.

  4. Water004 GSI Standards Parking Lots recommendation - Submittal

    The Water and Stormwater SWATeam submitted a recommendation to the iWG, stating, "The Facilities and Services Standards for Parking and for Stormwater Systems should be revised to include a greater emphasis on sustainable design Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) for stormwater management. This revision will align these standards with the newly adopted 2017 Campus Master Plan."

    See attached the SWATeam recommendation, Water004 GSI Standards Parking Lots, complete with comments from all the Water and Stormwater SWATeam members.

  5. RainWorks Challenge - call for participants

    We are currently looking for more members for the EPA's Campus RainWorks Challenge. We will be looking into green infrastructure projects that could be implemented on campus.

    "The Campus RainWorks Challenge seeks to engage with undergraduate and graduate students to foster a dialogue about responsible stormwater management and showcase the environmental, economic, and social benefits of green infrastructure practices."

    We have a interdisciplinary team of faculty advisers. Our primary faculty adviser will be  Professor Arthur Schmidt from Environmental Hydrology and Hydraulic Engineering.

    We are also hoping to have an interdisciplinary team, so all majors are welcome, as long as you have a passion for the project. 

    Teams will be finalized on September 30th. If you're interested in joining or have any questions, please contact Jessica Wiegand at jmwiega2@illinois.edu or Cindy Chen at cchen161@illinois.edu.

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