Stormwater must be managed for the common good as runoff does not follow subdivision or community boundaries.
Storm drain systems in areas outside of your neighborhood--places where you shop, work, recreate or travel--help keep you safe. Your quality of life, the value of your property and the health of the environment are related to how well storm drain systems are maintained. Without timely and adequate maintenance of the system and consistent upgrading and construction of new facilities, streets can become flooded and impassable after heavy rainfall.
As an intergovernmental agency, SEMSWA provides economy of scale, greater efficiency, and better levels of service. Current and future needed stormwater projects are estimated to cost $76 million.
Stormwater fees are used to:
Cover the costs of design, construction and maintenance of stormwater facilities
Insure compliance with federal environmental regulations
Insure compliance with regulations regarding new development
Educate the public about stormwater issues