If improperly designed and managed, lawns and landscapes can
contribute to issues with water quality and quantity. Through
sustainable design and management, lawns and landscapes can protect
water resources and provide multiple environmental, economic and
social benefits. MCC is committed to creating on-campus landscapes
that reduce the quantity and improve the quality of stormwater
runoff, minimizing the need for irrigation using treated, potable
What Is MCC Doing?
- Water-wise landscapes:
- All new turf at MCC is composed of high-heat tolerant
and low-water use fescue.
- Irrigation systems have rain sensors and timers to
practice wise water use on our grounds and landscapes.
- MCC´s Sarpy Center, Elkhorn Valley Campus, South
Omaha Campus and Fort Omaha Campus have integrated native
and ecologically well-adapted non-invasive plants, such as
native prairie grasses and wildflowers, into their
landscapes to reduce turf area.
- Stormwater management best practices:
- Pervious pavement has been installed at Fort Omaha
Campus' Institute for the Culinary Arts. This type
of pavement allows rainwater to soak through, recharging
groundwater and reducing stormwater runoff into
- The Institute for the Culinary Arts captures rainfall
from the roof and stores it in a 15,000 gallon tank for
use on landscaping.
- Indoor wise water use best practices:
- MCC switched from 2.2 to 0.5 gallon per minute (gpm)
restroom faucet aerators reducing indoor water use by
more than 500,000 gallons of water annually.