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What is the stormwater fee used for?

Stormwater utilities in each community provide revenue to pay for operation and maintenance of stormwater infrastructure and permit compliance for stormwater discharges. Yakima County’s stormwater utility pays for the stormwater management program, which manages a wide variety of services and activities. The following is a list of some of the primary services and activities:

  • Inspection of construction sites for erosion and sediment control
  • Inspection of private stormwater facilities for operation and maintenance
  • Review of development plans for surface water management
  • Response to citizen inquiries, violation reports, and complaints
  • Detection and elimination of prohibited discharges to the storm sewer system
  • Storm sewer system mapping
  • Public drainage and storm sewer maintenance, repair, and improvement
  • Water quality improvement activities (regulatory and local needs based)
  • Water quality improvement projects
  • Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs)
  • Stormwater facility retrofits
  • Public outreach and education activities
  • Recordkeeping and report preparation

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1. What is stormwater and why is it a problem?
2. What kinds of pollutants are found in stormwater?
3. Are sewers and storm drains the same thing?
4. What can you put down the storm drain?
5. What can residents do to help improve stormwater quality?
6. What is the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Stormwater Program?
7. What kinds of stormwater discharges are required to have NPDES stormwater permit coverage?
8. What is a Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4)?
9. Which MS4s are regulated by the Eastern Washington Phase II Municipal Stormwater Permit?
10. What happens if Yakima County does not comply with its NPDES stormwater discharge permit?
11. What is the stormwater utility?
12. Why does Yakima County need a stormwater utility?
13. What is the stormwater fee used for?
14. How will the stormwater management program benefit taxpayers, homeowners, etc.?
15. How are the regional stormwater utility service areas determined?
16. How is the stormwater fee calculated?
17. What is an impervious surface?
18. Is the utility fee just another tax?
19. No water runs off my property. Why am I being charged a stormwater fee?
20. What is meant by a "larger common plan of development or sale?"
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