What is stormwater runoff?
Stormwater runoff results from rain or snow fall that cannot be absorbed into the ground or retained. As this water flows over construction sites, farm fields, lawns, driveways, parking lots, and streets, it picks up litter sediment, bacteria, metals, pesticides, and other pollutants.  Unlike sanitary sewers that go to a treatment plant, our stormwater drains to the storm sewer system and eventually into the Rock & Mississippi Rivers. Stormwater in the city does NOT go through treatment plants. As the amount of impervious surfaces such as rooftops, driveways, and parking lots increase, the amount of stormwater soaking into the ground decreases. The result is increased stormwater runoff, an increased potential for flooding and more pollutants entering the city’s storm sewer system and our rivers.

For more information, visit the Stormwater webpage.

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1. What is stormwater runoff?
2. What does “pervious” and “impervious” surface mean?
3. What is the stormwater utility fee?
4. How does a fee differ from a tax?
5. Why not use property taxes to pay for the storm sewer?
6. What services will be provided?
7. The City has already been doing the work.  Why can’t you continue the same way?
8. None of my water goes into the storm drains.  Why do I have to pay?
9. Can I get credits or discounts on my utility fee for installing a rain garden?
10. Does the City offer money or designs for rain gardens?
11. Why can’t I dump my grass clippings and lawn waste in the ravine anymore?
12. What can I do with my lawn waste?
13. My neighbor’s gutter downspouts and/or sump are directed to my property and are causing standing water in my yard. What can I do?
14. How do I report a clogged storm drain?
15. What can I do to help with stormwater issues?