What is a stormwater utility fee?

A stormwater utility fee is similar to a water or sewer fee. In essence, customers pay a fee to convey stormwater from their properties. The utility is the result of unfunded United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) mandates that force cities like St. Clair Shores to manage stormwater within their jurisdiction. The fee is used to finance annual compliance with the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permitting standards. The NPDES is the compliance system for the Clean Water Act (CWA) and requires that all stormwater discharges that enter waters of the United States must meet minimum federal water quality requirements.

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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?