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Date: March 15, 2004

Public invited to comment on UVic's stormwater management plan

UVic is more than home to over 18,000 students, 700 full-time faculty and over 1,500 staff. The campus is also the site of headwaters for four area drainage systems: Bowker Creek to the west; Finnerty Creek to the north; Sinclair drainage system to the north east; and Hobbs Creek to the east.

To assess the flow of stormwater entering these systems and examine how to reduce its rate and volume and improve water quality, UVic is developing an integrated stormwater management plan. Last fall the university engaged RCL Consulting, a group of leading-edge engineers and specialists. It conducted research and consulted with neighbouring municipalities, members of community associations, and UVic students, faculty and staff.

The resulting draft integrated stormwater management plan is now ready for review and UVic is inviting members of the community to attend an Open House on March 25 from 2 to 7 p.m. in the Michele Pujol Room of the Student Union Building. There will be displays of the plan’s highlights, along with ongoing slide show presentations. Members of RCL Consulting and UVic staff will be in attendance to answer questions.

The report determines that UVic has no urgent or serious stormwater-related problems requiring high-cost attention. Most remedial stormwater measures can be incorporated into new construction and ongoing building, road and parking lot renovations.

“The intent of the report is to guide UVic in making decisions about new building projects with the potential to decrease water run off,” says Jerry Robson, executive director in UVic’s department of facilities management.

“UVic already has a great deal of natural land contributing to stormwater storage and retention,” adds Sarah Webb, the university’s sustainability co-ordinator. “The report has identified initiatives such as landscape modification, permeable pathways and parking areas to reduce runoff and improve water quality.”

Copies of the draft integrated stormwater management plan will be available as of March 25 on the facilities management Web site at web.uvic.ca/fmgt. The plan is one of the actions of UVic’s Campus Plan. As part of UVic’s ongoing commitment to enhance sustainability, stormwater management will continue to play a vital role in education, planning and operations.

Media contacts:
Sarah Webb (Facilities Management) at (250) 472-5011 or sarahwebb@fmgt.uvic.ca
Patty Pitts (UVic Communications) at (250) 721-7656 or ppitts@uvic.ca

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