Truman State’s water policy requires both the limit of water consumption and the control and utilization of natural rainwater.
Truman’s States Water Risk level has been identified as low, meaning that our water supply has been defined as healthy and plentiful. However, we still feel it is important to continue monitoring our water usage, with meters stationed on each building. As a result, we have plans to implement water conserving toilets and urinals in the future, pending a campus water audit. We also strictly limit our use of underground sprinkler systems, and a newer system at the Towne Museum uses a moisture sensor to prevent unnecessary use.
Storm water management is required per regulations during construction and renovations on campus. Each project Truman State executes also addresses runoff to prevent flood issues on the south side of campus. The addition of hard surface and/or the renovation of buildings typically involve updating the drainage in the area and replacing inlets or piping. Currently, we are studying to reduce the runoff being created from the north to the south end of campus. Additionally, Truman has approximately 1,500 square feet of water tolerant flowers and plants in our water garden, which also help to combat high risk flooding areas, and retention ponds have been added in additional parking lots, with vegetated swales used at retention areas, along Bear Creek and the south end of the Natatorium.
Local Water Ecosystems
One very important resource on Truman’s campus is Bear Creek, which runs along the west side of campus, and then feeds into several other sources of drinking water in neighboring communities. After an outbreak of E.Coli in the water, students and faculty alike raised concerns about the health of the creek, and what our campus could do to improve it. Starting as a student initiative in 2014, the Bear Creek Restoration Project quickly went from a movement to a successful action plan. A coalition, comprised of interested students, and representatives from clubs like P.L.A.N.T.S., ECO, and Beta Beta Beta, sent their plans to the Kirksville Watershed Department and the Student Senate on January 16 and January 19, 2014 (respectively). After passing both boards, the land around the creek was declared a “no mow zone” to reduce pollution. In addition, a water garden was planted on the corner of Patterson and South Franklin to help control water run-off from campus into the creek. Later in the semester, the students planted 300 trees along the sides of the creek to help combat soil erosion and increase bio-diversity. Studies have shown promising results, with projected improvements in as little as five years.