UW Oshkosh’s 171-acre campus is located along Wisconsin’s Fox River and just blocks away from Lake Winnebago, the largest inland body of water in the state. Our university is committed to reducing water consumption and pollution associated with stormwater runoff.
UWO fresh water and stormwater initiatives include campus audits, surveys of water use, education, implementation of stringent erosion control standards, and green engineering site design. Additionally, the on-campus Environmental Research and Innovation Center is a state-of-the-art facility approved for well-water testing. The ERIC lab leads Wisconsin in Great Lakes beach water quality monitoring.
UW Oshkosh has reduced water consumption by 24,483,298 gallons per year by
- Replacing 1,006 toilets (3.24 - 4.50 gpf removed and replaced with 1.6 gpf)
- Installing Sloan 1.6 flushometer valves
- Installing 1,181 low-flow restrictors and applicable adaptors onto threaded faucets
At $5.350 per 1000 gallons, this has translated to $130,985.64 annual savings from reduced water consumption and $4,594 hot water heating fuel savings.
Replaced natural turf at Titan Stadium with artificial turf has resulted in water savings of 850,000 gallons per year for irrigation.
UW Oshkosh is committed to reducing campus-wide fresh water consumption by 20% (per sq. ft.) from 2012 levels by 2019. Learn more about fresh water conservation at UW Oshkosh in the Campus Sustainability Plan.
Stormwater runoff management
How we manage stormwater affects the quality of surface and ground waters. UW Oshkosh is working to follow stormwater management best practices while implementing green engineering and site design guidelines for all capital projects.
UW Oshkosh strives to divert stormwater for irrigation use and to comply with DNR stormwater permit requirements.
Learn more about stormwater management at UWO view the stormwater management plan, which is followed by UW Oshkosh Facilities.