Stormwater is rainwater or snowmelt that does not soak into the ground or evaporate. Stormwater runs off of surfaces such as roofs, lawns, paved streets and parking lots. Stormwater can become polluted by litter, dirt, chemicals and oils that it picks up along the journey. When polluted storm water reaches a body of water it can be harmful to the plants and animals in and around the water. It can also affect people who swim or fish.
What is Stormwater Utility?
A stormwater utility is responsible for funding the operation, management, construction and maintenance of the stormwater facilities. The stormwater utility tax is used to maintain and upgrade drainage facilities within the city as well as funding state and federal mandates regarding storm water facility reviews, inspections and the erosion and sediment control program that relates to new construction.