The Sustainability Council met on 11-29-21. The presentation is attached and the agenda was as follows:
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Rainwater Management (Ongoing)
Responsible Stewardship of Campus Land and Water
- Increase Pollinator-Friendly Areas
- Rainwater Management
- Root to Roof Program
- Sustainable Agricultural Practices
- Sustainable Landscapes Plan
- Tree Campus USA
- Reduce Potable Water Usage
- Obtain and Publicize Water Data
- Use of Non-Potable Water (such as Greywater)
- Water Conservation
The 2015 iCAP, chapter 5, objective 6, is "Investigate the water quality impacts of stormwater runoff and potential ways to reduce stormwater pollutant discharges by FY18." Stormwater can transport pollutants on the ground to storm drains, where they eventually pollute our creeks and rivers. The University has a Rainwater Management Program to minimize such pollution. This iCAP objective focuses primarily on the more urbanized areas of campus, such as those areas in the University District. The iCAP objective 7.6 is more focused on stormwater impacts from the agricultural areas on campus.
The University’s Stormwater Management Program has six elements that are meant to reduce pollutants discharged into receiving water bodies to the maximum extent practicable (MEP), protect water quality, and satisfy the appropriate water quality requirements of the Clean Water Act. The elements are Public Education and Outreach, Public Involvement/ Participation, Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination, Construction Site Runoff Control, Post-Construction Runoff Control, and Pollution Prevention/Good Housekeeping.
Each year the University makes a significant effort to substantially complete best management practices (BMPs) for each of the elements. To learn more about the elements and BMPs of the current and past Stormwater Management Annual Reports, visit the Stormwater Management Reports page. For more information about Stormwater Management at the University of Illinois visit http://www.fs.illinois.edu/services/safety-and-compliance/about-the-program.
However, the extent of campus stormwater impacts on surface water quality is not well understood. Thus, the impact of stormwater discharges on water quality should be investigated along with the impact of different strategies for reducing pollutant discharges.