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A rain tax is a tax or fee imposed on real estate owners for pollution in stormwater drainage.

Who Should Pay? Navigating the Narrow Path to Fair Utility Fees

Who Should Pay? Navigating the Narrow Path to Fair Utility Fees

We’ve published quite a few articles about the thorny process of setting up a stormwater utility, about what works and what—sometimes spectacularly—fails. Although utilities are a good way for a city to generate a reliable, steady income, they often meet with resistance from a whole lot of people—from residents who

Rainwater Harvesting

Rainwater Harvesting

Although various forms of rainwater harvesting have been used for thousands of years, as an organized industry, it is still in its infancy. At present, no national standards are in place regulating its use, although various states and municipalities have begun promulgating laws concerning how rainwater may (or may not)

Green Infrastructure for Sudden Heavy Rains

Green Infrastructure for Sudden Heavy Rains

Nashville, TN, has a watershed of 311,212 acres. Annual rainfall is 48.5 inches. But those figures don’t mean much if what ­happened in Nashville on May 1–2, 2010—or something close to it—happens again.

That Saturday, 6.3 inches of rain fell in a 24-hour period. Over 12 hours on Sunday, the city

Adult Supervision Required?

Adult Supervision Required?

Many cities are moving toward decentralized stormwater management—particularly encouraging or requiring forms of infiltration such as rain gardens or swales—to reduce the overall volume of runoff and remove some of the burden from the storm sewer or combined sewer system. The decentralized approach has much to recommend it, not least

In Tune With Green Infrastructure

In Tune With Green Infrastructure

Nashville, TN, has a watershed of 311,212 acres. Annual rainfall is 48.5 inches. But those figures don’t mean much if what ­happened in Nashville on May 1–2, 2010—or something close to it—happens again.

Catch Basin Cleaning: Depends on the Zone

Catch Basin Cleaning: Depends on the Zone

Kings Mountain, NC
In cities where stormwater regularly floods streets, regular catch basin cleaning can keep water and contaminants off streets.

The city of Kings Mountain, NC, has a strong connection to American history. It is named for the American Revolutionary War battle that was fought a mere 5 miles away—just over

Stormwater Utility Fees

Stormwater Utility Fees

Cities and counties using a fee-based system to pay for a stormwater program have a multitude of ways to set up the rate structure and determine fees. A stormwater utility might set a single flat fee for all residential properties and another for all commercial properties, or base the fees

Clean Streets, Clean Cities

Clean Streets, Clean Cities

Keeping a city’s streets, storm sewers, and catch basins clean is an essential service for its residents, even though they might not pay much attention to the work as it occurs. Cleaner air and water are the result—proven by numerous studies—and that’s important to every person within a community.

“You Created a Stormwater Utility in the Midst of the Great Recession? You Must Be Crazy There in Salem!”

“You Created a Stormwater Utility in the Midst of the Great Recession? You Must Be Crazy There in Salem!”

The Public Works Department of Salem, OR, provides residents with a full suite of stormwater services that includes stormwater system operations and maintenance, stormwater monitoring, street sweeping, public education, stream cleaning, spill response, master planning, regulatory compliance, capital project delivery, in-stream monitoring, flood early warning systems, and much more. Salem’s

Stormwater Fees Hit Los Angeles County Schools Where It Hurts

Stormwater Fees Hit Los Angeles County Schools Where It Hurts

It’s an unpleasant surprise many businesses and organizations have faced—huge stormwater fees. Some school districts in California are now grappling with the question of how to pay.

Los Angeles County is considering a property tax—a stormwater parcel tax—to fund stormwater management. It expects to bring in $275 million a year, some

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