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A Stormwater Utility is to stormwater what a sewer utility is to sewage, and a water utility is to drinking water. It is a “stand-alone” service unit within the County government, which generates revenues through fees for service. A stormwater utility is responsible for funding the operation, construction and maintenance of stormwater management devices, for stormwater system planning, and management. A stormwater utility generates its revenue through user fees and the revenues from the stormwater charges will go into a separate fund that may only be used for stormwater services.

Tampa Tackles Flooding

Tampa Tackles Flooding

Located on the western coast of Florida, Tampa is situated between two bodies of water: Old Tampa Bay and Hillsborough Bay. They flow together to form Tampa Bay, which joins the Gulf of Mexico.

Ten Emerging Stormwater Management Best Practices

Ten Emerging Stormwater Management Best Practices

“I don’t think I’d have been in such a hurry to reach maturity if I’d known the whole thing was going to be ad-libbed.” –Bill Watterson

Past Stormwater Paradigms
Way back in 2001 (when some of you were in junior high, I was reminded), I wrote an article for ­Stormwater ­magazine called “Stormwater ­Paradigms.”

How to Ask for Money

How to Ask for Money

If you look at the headlines from across a smattering of local news outlets in almost any given week, you’ll probably find something about stormwater fees. Often, the story is from a small city or town that is just considering a stormwater utility or fee for the first time, and

Ten Emerging Stormwater Management Best Practices

“I don’t think I’d have been in such a hurry to reach maturity if I’d known the whole thing was going to be ad-libbed.” –Bill Watterson

Past Stormwater Paradigms
Way back in 2001 (when some of you were in junior high, I was reminded), I wrote an article for ­Stormwater ­magazine called “Stormwater ­Paradigms.”

Green Infrastructure Helps Coastal Wetlands

Green Infrastructure Helps Coastal Wetlands

In coastal North Carolina, stormwater managers are looking to green infrastructure to solve stormwater problems.  One successful green infrastructure project in Wilmington is the Wade Park Wetland. It was a $4 million joint project by the city of Wilmington, New Hanover County, and the state of North Carolina. The 17-acre

Stormwater Management in Coastal North Carolina

Stormwater Management in Coastal North Carolina

“There are three reasons for us to do a stormwater project. One is to fix a flooding problem. Nine out of ten citizens would say this is the main reason. Two is to improve water quality,” says Dave Mayes, Stormwater Services Division manager for the city of Wilmington, NC.

Women at Water’s Leading Edge

Women at Water’s Leading Edge

We profile one reader in every issue of Water Efficiency, and maybe you are accustomed to going directly to the back page to see who is there and what they are doing. This issue, as in every issue, we have an inspiring reader profiled right where you are used to

Three Reasons for Stormwater Projects

Three Reasons for Stormwater Projects

“There are three reasons for us to do a stormwater project. One is to fix a flooding problem. Nine out of ten citizens would say this is the main reason. Two is to improve water quality,” says Dave Mayes, Stormwater Services Division manager for the city of Wilmington, NC.

“Three, we

Reversing the History of Urban Hydrology

Can we reverse the impacts that urban areas have on our surface waters? And can it be done economically? It is expected that the country will see increasing difficulty in accessing adequate quantities of clean water unless well-laid plans are followed to preserve and protect it. Stormwater professionals will play

“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

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