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Stormwater Treatment

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Bioretention area on Stanford campus
Bioretention areas collect and filter stormwater runoff from buildings and pavement

Stanford campus is under the jurisdiction of Santa Clara County and is subject to the Municipal Regional Permit (MRP), which regulates stormwater quality programs for municipalities in the Bay Area.

Provision C.3 of the MRP requires stormwater treatment prior to discharge to the municipal storm drain system. In compliance with this provision, Stanford has installed and continues to maintain many stormwater treatment facilities including hydrodynamic separators, pervious pavements, infiltration trenches, vegetated swales, bioretention areas, and stormwater capture facilities. The facilities are maintained by campus staff and are regularly inspected.

Take a tour of stormwater facilities at Stanford

Bioretention area at the Central Energy Facility