How can Property owners lower their stormwater costs further?
Property owners can reduce their monthly stormwater fee by reducing their contribution of stormwater and pollutants to the local stormwater management system. They can do this by implementing Best Management Practices (BMP’s) like rain barrels, rain gardens, vegetated swales, and wet ponds or retention basins. Property owners who implement BMP’s will be able to apply for credits that will lower their monthly stormwater fee.
A credit policy will soon be rolled out to afford home owners and businesses an opportunity to realize a reduction in their stormwater fee by utilizing or implementing certain “Best Management Practices” (BMP’s). The goal of the credit policy will be to stimulate interest in making certain system improvements, improve water quality, and ensure that improvements undertaken result in a long-term cost reduction impact on the system.
Credits offered for improvements will seek to:
- Reduce the rate of stormwater leaving the property
- Reduce the volume of stormwater leaving the property
- Improve water quality
Examples of common BMP’s include but are not limited to:
- Rain Barrels
- Constructed wetlands
- Wet pond/retention basin
- Dry extended detention basins
- Special detention areas (parking lots/roofs)
- Pervious pavement with infiltration beds
- Infiltration basin/bed
- Subsurface Infiltration bed
- Rain garden/bioretention
- Constructed filter
- Vegetated swale
- Vegetated filter strip