Stormwater Financing Mechanisms- Erin Hawkins


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Presentation given by Erin Hawkins on June 5, 2012 at the Third Annual Choose Clean Water Conference.

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  • ~ 50 miles2, population ~ 75,000Located at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mtns along the James RiverPhase II MS4 CommunityCombine Sewer Overflow
  • First 5 year permit ~1.2M/year, 6m2nd permit ~8.4M/year, 423rd permit ~14.4M/year, 72M
  • Stormwater Financing Mechanisms- Erin Hawkins

    1. 1. Stormwater in the City of Lynchburg
    2. 2. About LynchburgFounded 1786Situated along the James You Are Here50miles2 land areaPopulation ~ 75,000Combined Sewer System• Separation currently underway• 106 of 132 overflows closed• Incorporating green infrastructure into long-term management plan
    3. 3. Regulatory Permits• Phase II NPDES Permitted locality • Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) • Population > 50,000• MS4 Permit • Education and Outreach • Public Involvement • Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination • Construction Management • Post-Construction Management • Good Housekeeping
    4. 4. Chesapeake Bay TMDL • $120 million approximated cost of implementation • Water quality improvement projects to meet TMDL goals • 5% in first permit cycle • 35% in second permit cycle • 60% in third permit cycle Pollutant Reduction Goal Total Nitrogen 7,286 lbs/yr Total Phosphorus 2,128 lbs/yr Sediment 1.06M lbs/yr
    5. 5. Implementation PlansRiverfront Master Plan
    6. 6. Jefferson Street Rain Garden and Porous Pavers
    7. 7. Bacteria & Nutrients StormwaterTMDLs Discharge limits Bacteria & Nutrients Bacteria & Nutrients Separation WWTP Store and TreatCSO E&S
    8. 8. How to answer… How to fund stormwater programs? Are we Is current meeting organizational current and future structure regulations? adequate?
    9. 9. Reorganization• Identification of current staff who perform stormwater duties to better capture cost• Moved stormwater management under Dept. of Utilities • Lead to a rebranding of the department
    10. 10. Stormwater Advisory Committee• Met monthly for eight months. Meeting presentations and minutes made available on city website.• Provide input and feedback on the future level of service and funding for the stormwater management program• Discussed the current and future stormwater challenges that the City faces, why stormwater management is important and options for the future level of stormwater service and funding
    11. 11. SWAC Recommendation• Recommendation of implementing stormwater fee• Recommended slightly higher level of service than presently provided• Recommended utility be funded through a combination of fee and general funds.• Creation of Credit Program
    12. 12. Council Meetings and Feedback• Staff presented at multiple informational meetings• Presented recommendation of SWAC at March 2011 Public Hearing• Council undetermined on fee • Wanted more public participation • Additional public meetings and webcasts
    13. 13. Timeline• December 2011 • The Utility was created after a citizen advisory committee, City staff and City Council spent two years evaluating ways to fund stormwater services. • User fee would apply to ALL properties within the City based on the amount of impervious area on the property and would appear on customer’s utility bill • Set the stormwater rate at $0 • Provide staff time to develop billing information in anticipation of Council decision • Provide additional time during FY13 budget hearings to discuss rate• April 2012 • Council set a $4/SFU stormwater rate • To be implemented July 1, 2012
    14. 14. Single-Family Residential Medium Single-Family Large Single-Family Small Single-Family< 1,300 ft2 = 0.5 SFU 1,301 to 4,300 ft2= 1.0 SFU >4,301 ft2 = 1.6 SFUThere will be a credit program available to residents that implementStormwater Best Management Properties that help reduce the burdento the stormwater system. Rain Barrel Rain Garden
    15. 15. Non-Residential & Multi-family Non-Residential Impervious Area (555,776 sq. ft.) SFU = --------------------------- SFU (2,672 sq. ft.) SFU = 208 SW Fee = 208 X rate There will be a credit program available to properties that implementStormwater Best Management Properties that help reduce the burden to the stormwater system.
    16. 16. Planning Ahead • Comprehensive Planning • System mapping updating • Inventory and Assessment of Infrastructure