Why is the City establishing a Stormwater Drainage System Utility now?

Unlike the water, wastewater, and sanitation utilities, the City has not had dedicated user fees to fund a full stormwater program to perform full operations, maintenance, and Capital Improvements. Instead, the City historically appropriated funds from the General Fund to cover the most immediate stormwater drainage system needs.

Additionally, the City is facing federal regulatory requirements to comply with the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Phase II Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Permit issued in 2020. This permit requires that the City documents, monitors, and controls the quality of discharge to the stormwater drainage system which flows to waters of the United States. and requires that the City control the quality of discharge to the stormwater drainage system which flows to waters of the United States. Non-compliance with this permit could result in significant fines. The primary regulatory law is:

Federal Clean Water Act (CWA) – Phase II of the CWA, the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES), requires that the City be covered under and comply with a Federal stormwater permit in order to legally discharge municipal stormwater into local waterways (e.g. Lindsay Creek, Clearwater River, Snake River, etc.). The City has been under the NPDES Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Permit since November 1, 2020. In order to comply with the permit, the City must implement a stormwater program which meets the following requirements: 

    • Public Education, Outreach, and Involvement;
    • Finding and Eliminating Illegal Polluted Discharges; 
    • Construction Site Erosion and Sediment Control
    • Post-Construction Stormwater Management on New Development and Redevelopment; 
    • Pollution Prevention and Good Housekeeping for City Operations;
    • Performing Outfall Monitoring and Assessment Activities for Discharges to Water Quality Impaired Stream and Creeks; and
    • Keeping Records and Preparing Compliance Reports



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1. What is the Stormwater Drainage System Services user fee?
2. How does this Stormwater Drainage System Utility benefit me?
3. Why is the City establishing a Stormwater Drainage System Utility now?
4. What will the Stormwater Drainage System Services user fee be used for?
5. What is a "Service Area"?
6. When would I start getting billed for this Stormwater Drainage System Services user fee?
7. What does "Equivalent Residential Unit" mean?
8. What does "Impervious Surface Area" mean?
9. Why can’t we wait to collect these user fees?
10. What other funding is the City seeking to minimize the user fee?
11. How is the Stormwater Drainage System Services user fee billed?
12. Why would I pay this user fee if all of my stormwater stays on my property?
13. The Orchards doesn’t have any stormwater pipes so why am I being charged this fee?
14. Is the sidewalk along my property included in the calculation of my user fee?
15. Is the Stormwater Drainage System Services user fee included in the Utility Assistance Program?
16. What happens if I don’t pay this user fee?
17. What projects are expected to be funded with user fees in the next five years?
18. Where can I view a complete list of Capital Improvement projects?
19. Would the City be charged this user fee too?
20. What do I do when a stormwater drain is plugged ?
21. When it storms, the stormwater causes a big puddle by my driveway or washes the gravel from the end of my driveway. What do I do?