Why is stormwater run-off a problem?

Stormwater begins as rain or snowmelt that flows over land rather than seeping into the ground. It flows over hard surfaces (impervious surfaces) such as roofs, driveways, and walkways, as well as pervious surfaces such as grass, gardens, and woodlands into the city’s combined sewer system. The more hard surface (impervious surface) on your property, the more stormwater runoff is contributed to the sewer system.

This drainage either flows into the same underground pipes as sewage and must be treated at the Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) wastewater treatment plant before it can be released back into the environment or into Lake St. Clair through a separate storm water sewage system.

The City of St. Clair Shores is billed by the SESMD for the conveyance and treatment of combined sewage at GLWA.

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1. What is a stormwater utility fee?
2. Why is stormwater run-off a problem?
3. Why did the City stop charging a stormwater fee and but now is charging a new fee?
4. Who is responsible for protecting my property from high water damage?
5. Do I have to sandbag my property?
6. What does this "Action Level exceedance and Public Advisory mean?
7. How does lead get into drinking water?
8. Is there a simple way to see if I have lead service line in my home?
9. What do I need to bring in to process a passport?
10. Where can I put my RV or other recreational vehicle when I am not using it?