The SEED Initiative

Water Quality & Conservation

Rain Gauges

  • UT has installed rain gauges on our water systems
  • If it rains over a certain threshold, the watering systems shut off in order to conserve water and save money
Rain garden

Rain Gardens 

  • UT has constructed quick-draining, native vegetation rain gardens in several locations
    • Garden 1: Parking Lot 10, north of the Glass Bowl, and the Ottawa River on Main Campus
    • Garden 2: Between International House and Academic House on Main Campus
    • Garden 3: Next to the Center for Performing Arts on Main Campus
    • Garden 4: North of the front entrance for Lake Erie Center
  • Rain gardens not only soak up runoff and make the campus more beautiful, but also serves as an outdoor classroom for students studying water quality and environmental sustainability practices
    • The gardens collect and filter storm water runoff from a 30,000-square-foot area and helps prevent it from draining directly into the Ottawa River
    • Storm water carries a lot of pollutants, and keeping sediments, fertilizer, lawn and garden pesticides, oil and road salt out of the river on Main Campus is better for the fish and insects that live there, at the bottom of the food chain
    • Before the installation of the gardens, storm water drained directly into the river
Last Updated: 3/23/15