Can I get credits or discounts on my utility fee for installing a rain garden?
Properties with stormwater retention best management practices such as rain barrels, detention ponds or rain gardens may submit calculations from a certified engineer that document the percentage of stormwater retained by the practice. The City will review the calculations and make adjustments to the Stormwater Utility Fee as appropriate. Properties which discharge to an approved stormwater retention system or directly to the Mississippi or Rock Rivers may apply for a discount or up to 100% from the quarterly charge. Vacant property that has only pervious surfaces will be exempted from the fee.

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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?