The storm water collection system installed in Parking Lot R is designed so that surface runoff water will hit the Wisconsin River as infrequent as once every 25 to 50 years. A manifold system works in conjunction with bio-filtration collection islands. The biological filters (rain gardens) installed at the surface throughout the lot remove suspended solids prior to recharging the groundwater in the area of the parking lot.
To help with storm water management, in 2005 UW-Stevens Point installed the first green roof in central Wisconsin on top of Albertson Hall. The project was supported by several UW-Stevens Point departments, including the Library, Facility Services and the Global Environmental Management Education Center. The State of Wisconsin Division of State Facilities and Wisconsin Public Service were additional supporters.
Another method to storm water management is rain gardens. Campus rain gardens collect runoff water from the roof, filters it so cleaner water reaches the water table and less water reaches the storm system. Rain gardens can be seen throughout campus at these locations