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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.

Growing Pains

Growing Pains

Known for its involvement with banking and auto racing, Charlotte is one of the 10 fastest-growing cities in the US. The city’s 2014 estimated population is nearly 810,000.

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

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

“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

Tools of the Trade

Tools of the Trade

Having reliable water-quality and -quantity data makes stormwater management much more effective. Technological advances in monitoring and collecting tools have made possible real-time data that can be custom-programmed for the site. A Green Roof in Pennsylvania In southwestern Pennsylvania, an average rainstorm can produce 2 inches of rain in a

Fine-Tuning Street Cleaning

Fine-Tuning Street Cleaning

San Angelo, TX, home of the Concho River that flows through the downtown area and three lakes, is a lot like many cities that sprang up along the banks of a river. Stormwater runoff affects the viability of drinking water and the ecosystem not only of San Angelo, but also

A Measure of Prevention

Since earliest times, society has been concerned with issues of stormwater quantity, but only recently have a growing number of initiatives begun to focus attention on stormwater quality. The practice of improving stormwater quality presents a quandary arising from the very nature of water itself. Seeking its own level, water

Guest Editorial- Numeric Nutrient Criteria: What Does That Mean?

In a precedent-setting action for the rest of the nation, EPA has issued numeric nutrient criteria (NNC) for Florida waters. While numeric effluent limits have been commonly used for other types of pollutants, narrative criteria have always been used to determine the health of a waterbody in Florida. The switch

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