Stormwater Management

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.

What does a green roof do?
  • Extends the life of the roof.
  • Reduces excess runoff.
  • Reduces heating and cooling expense - less energy means fewer greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Provides an oasis of green in an urban environment.
  • Reduces machine, traffic and airplane sound.
  • Insulates and shades the building, reducing the heat-island effect. The evapotranspiration of the plants contributes to cooling the atmosphere in their vicinity.

Another method to storm water management are rain gardens. Campus rain gardens collect runoff water from the roof and filter 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:

  • Parking Lot R
  • Parking Lot P/V
  • Old Main (2)
  • North side of Trainer Natural Resources Building
  • South of DeBot Dining Center