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WEF Offers Three Ways To Learn About User-Fee-Funded Stormwater Programs

On Sept. 11, the Water Environment Federation (WEF) hosted a webcast on user-fee-funded stormwater utilities. The webcast is based on a new WEF publication also released in September — User-Fee-Funded Stormwater Programs. The webcast and the book cover best practices and creative approaches for developing stormwater fee programs and rate structures. The authors discuss changing [...]

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Stormwater Fees Less Common on East Coast

July 1 was the deadline for Baltimore and Maryland’s nine most populous counties to impose watershed protection fees. However, places such as Anne Arundel County, where the fee has been dubbed a “rain tax,” still face steep public opposition to the fee. Maryland has been one of the first states to require a fee. However, [...]

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Pennsylvania Approves Stormwater Utilities

On July 9, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett signed SB 351, legislation that gives municipalities the ability to form stormwater utilities. These new authorities will coordinate planning and implementation of stormwater programs by region or watershed. The stormwater utilities can levy a fee to fund programs that address stormwater pollution and flooding. Many Pennsylvania municipalities were [...]

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University of North Carolina Stormwater Utility Tool Enables Rate Comparisons

The University of North Carolina Environmental Finance Center has released a beta version of the 2012 NC Stormwater Utility Fees Dashboard. The tool enables users to compare, by impervious area, both residential and nonresidential fees charged by North Carolina stormwater utilities. The tool also gives users information on how bills are collected, revenues, and rate [...]

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In Public Outreach Success Story, City of Salem, Ore., Creates Stormwater Utility

Presenter: Robert D. Chandler, City of Salem, Ore. Session 14: Funding Issues In Salem, Ore., stormwater services were funded primarily by wastewater ratepayers. However, Salem’s Public Works Department (PWD) wanted to create a dedicated funding source for stormwater services that would better reflect the link between service costs and customers’ impacts on the stormwater system. [...]

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Maryland Doubles Bay Restoration Fund Fee and Requires Stormwater Utility Fee

Legislation passed April 9 by Maryland’s 2012 General Assembly will double the Bay Restoration Fund fee. Money collected will be used for water quality projects, especially reductions in nutrient pollution that affect Chesapeake Bay. Funds will provide grant money for local stormwater projects and will be used to upgrade the state’s 67 major wastewater treatment [...]

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WEF Stormwater Utility Seminar To Take Place Aug. 2

Weathering the Storm: Is This the Right Time for You to Form a Stormwater Utility? is a one-day seminar where participants will interact with experts discussing the varied components of stormwater utility development. “Now more than ever, local governments are looking for new funding sources to meet the challenges surrounding enhanced stormwater regulations and associated requirements,” said [...]

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WEF Stormwater Utility Seminar Coming Aug. 2

On Aug. 2, the Water Environment Federation (Alexandria, Va.) will host a 1-day seminar in Chicago entitled “Weathering the Storm:  Is This the Right Time for You to Form a Stormwater Utility?” The event will cover the financing, planning, and management of stormwater utilities along with related regulations and public relations case studies. Presenters will [...]

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