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Finding Ways to Save on Stormwater Utility Fees

The intent of new stormwater utility fees being implemented by the City of Roanoke  is twofold: New Revenue Source - Stormwater utility fees will provide revenue to fund stormwater improvement projects. These projects are geared to correct past deficiencies (undersized conveyance systems and/or flooding problems) and/or to implement stormwater quality improvement projects throughout the City. These improvements are necessitated by the City’s  new municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4) permit and the Virginia Stormwater Management Program regulations. Encourage Conservation Projects and Low Impact Development - Homeowners and businesses alike can implement best management practice (BMP) facilities on their property to mitigate the impact that development on their property has on local drainage areas and the entire watershed.. In an interview with Roanoke City engineer Phil Schirmer, he shares some of the ways that property owners can implement strategies to reduce their stormwater footprint and reduce the fee that they will pay to the City under new...

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Stormwater Utility Approved by Roanoke City Council

Well, it’s now official – the City of Roanoke adopted a stormwater utility.   All that remains is adoption of a fee structure and a possible phasing plan for implementation of the fees.  The next questions are 1) Will the Council approve the fees as recommended by staff? and 2) Will this move stiimulate surrounding local governments to follow suit? (And how soon?)  Read more about the Roanoke City Council’s approval of the stormwater utility ordinance here...

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What is Your Stormwater Footprint?

Do you really know how big your ‘stormwater footprint’ is?   If you don’t know now, you will probably know sometime in the near future – particularly if you live in a community contemplating a stormwater utility fee.   The City of Roanoke staff is starting to calculate the impervious surfaces – ‘stormwater footprint’ – for every parcel in the city in preparation for implementing a possible stormwater utility fee.  The staff is looking at each property, in great detail, via aerial photographs and boots on the ground, to confirm their calculations are correct. So the next time you are planning the next neighborhood block party, consider investing in a 200 foot tape  and create a game around measuring your neighbors ‘stormwater footprint’ – could be fun!...

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