RJN Group, Inc. actively participated in the recent EPA Region 6 Stormwater Conference held in Hot Springs, Arkansas (October 19-24). RJN is ramping up our focus on Stormwater Collection Systems to better serve our clients. More than 50 utility leaders were in attendance to hear our own Noelle Gaspard, PE, GISP, CFM present her insights on stormwater utility fees and programs. The following is a synopsis of her presentation:
“Stormwater Utility Fees: What Are They and Why Should My Community Want One?”
In recent years, stormwater utility fee programs have risen in popularity as the cost of running a stormwater program continues to increase. As communities struggle with increased stormwater regulatory requirements, flooding problems, water quality issues and aging infrastructure, a reasonable and effective funding mechanism is needed to offset these growing costs. Like electricity, water and sanitary sewers, stormwater runoff can be managed as a utility and can provide a community with a sustainable funding source for stormwater programs. A stormwater utility fee allows for an equitable assignment of cost based on the amount of demand placed on the drainage system due to stormwater runoff from an individual property–where the amount of runoff is directly proportional to the amount of impervious or hard surface that is on a property. A stormwater utility fee program provides a dedicated revenue stream for stormwater programs and is developed based on the total revenue needed to build capital projects, meet regulatory requirements, fund program staff, and cover other aspects of the stormwater program. Thus the fee depends on the revenue needed.
Noelle would love to dive into this topic with you providing information about her experience with stormwater utility programs and recommendations for steps to create a stormwater utility in your community.
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