No water runs off my property. Why am I being charged a stormwater fee?
Almost every property discharges some stormwater into the public drainage systems, even if it is not noticeable to you. Many properties generally discharge runoff during snow melt when ground conditions are frozen. If absolutely no stormwater drains from your property, even during severe storms or periods of frozen ground, you may still be served by the existence of a regional stormwater program.

Public properties also discharge to the public drainage system, thus stormwater from the roads you drive on, parks you recreate in, and emergency service facilities you rely on contribute to stormwater pollution. Keep in mind that a lot of stormwater does run off from other properties. Properly controlling that stormwater runoff is a very real service to you and other property owners.

The pollutants in stormwater go to area creeks, streams, and lakes and affect the health of fish, wildlife and other natural resources that depend on those habitats. That same water is pumped for irrigation on crops and for use in drinking water. Stormwater quality affects everyone, even though the sources are generally a result of urbanization.

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