In the summer of 2011, the University renovated its stormwater system by adding four catch basins for stormwater while grading and backfilling low-lying areas on campus.
An ongoing stormwater maintenance system prevents the catch basins and manholes from clogging with debris from the surrounding environment. In the warm spring and summer, the grounds crews clean the drains after mowing to prevent clippings from covering them. In the fall, the crews keep the leaves picked up and cleared from the basins and manholes. During winter, drains are checked weekly for debris, ice or snow. The crews also check the basins after rain storms at all points to make sure they haven’t been covered up by runoff and debris.
This maintenance program ensures that stormwater is captured properly with minimal runoff and debris build up, thus helping the surrounding environment.