Stormwater Frequently Asked Questions

Expand/Contract Questions and Answers

  • What is Stormwater?

  • What is impervious surface?

  • Are sewers and storm drains the same thing?

  • Does stormwater get treated at the waste water treatment plant?

  • Why do we need to manage stormwater runoff?

  • How is stormwater pollution managed?

  • How much does it cost me?

  • Why do we have to pay a fee?

  • How does a fee differ from a tax?

  • Why not use property taxes pay for stormwater?

  • How is the money used?

  • How do I benefit?

  • Can the Stormwater Fee be lowered?

  • What are the requirements for the fee credit?

  • Where can I find more information?

  • How does the City prioritize stormwater problems?

  • Why are BMP’s required for new development?

  • What should I do if my street/property is flooding?

  • What should I do if I notice something or someone blocking a storm drain or ditch?

  • Are catch basins and storm drains cleaned regularly?

  • What is a catch basin?

  • What types of pollutants are found in the storm drain system?

  • I see people dumping used oil into storm drains, what can I do?

  • How do I report trash being thrown into the storm drain?

  • How do I properly dispose of used motor oil, antifreeze, paint, etc?

  • What should I do if I see debris or garbage piled up in the creek?

  • How is stormwater polluted?

  • What is the number one source of stormwater pollution?

  • What is Non-point source pollution?

  • How do nutrients such as nitrogen get into stormwater?