STORMWATER REGULATIONS FROM DEEP/EPA: A topic that has implications for various regulations and practices of the Town of Weston and its agents. This is where "L.I.D." fits in!
A very long article but an excellent one, part reproduced below - article in full: http://www.courant.com/politics/capitol-watch/hc-miscalculation-changes-spending-cap-cuts-needed-20150224-story.html
From long article in CT MIRROR today, Feb. 25, 2015
How it all relates: COGs have taxing authority. And "About Town" guest from quoted below.
...Stormwater Utilities, Collaborations and Other Funding Ideas
Municipal stormwater systems here are funded through town taxes – hence
the explosion over the cost of the new stormwater permits.
Much of the rest of the country has found other ways to pay – including stormwater utilities.
“It has been done in other areas of the country,” said Leah Schmalz of
Save the Sound, a program of the Connecticut Fund for the Environment,
“...almost every other part of the country except for Connecticut.”
Stormwater utilities generally work like a water or sewer utility.
Consumers pay a fee, including some big stormwater creators —
non-profits such as hospitals and universities, for example — that don’t
pay into the tax base.
Utilities can also set up incentives, such as charging lower rates to
those that make green infrastructure improvements. The utility can then
use the money it collects not only for general maintenance like pipe
repairs and new catch basin filters, but also for municipal green
infrastructure projects they couldn’t otherwise fund.
“It becomes this creative way of figuring out how to manage and pay for
all that stormwater that is kind of equally shared based on the amount
of stormwater that your property is generating,” Schmalz said.
But an initial effort in 2007 that used state funds for stormwater
authority pilot projects in New Haven, New London, Norwalk and
Stonington, has basically fizzled, with only New London still pursuing
it — slowly.
“It’s a major challenge in Connecticut,” said Aubrey Strause, a
Maine-based water consultant with the Connecticut office of
environmental consultant Fuss and O’Neill. Like many experts and
advocates, Strause believes that utilities will ultimately be the best
solution. “It takes time to develop,” she said. “If you don’t do
education first, it is almost bound to fail.”
Strause is also the co-facilitator of the Central Massachusetts Regional
Stormwater Coalition, now in it’s third year. The coalition has 28
member towns that pay into the system at various levels. They share
equipment - some of which is extremely expensive.
“The other thing that's very important here — we have strength in
numbers,” said Matthew St. Pierre, the other co-facilitator and a
consultant with Tata and Howard. “We have a voice in front of EPA and
the Massachusetts DEP; we have a strong voice.”
DEEP’s Inglese would like to see towns here try a similar model. “There
are certainly economies of scale in figuring out ways to implement these
measures,” he said of the new stormwater requirements. “We’re not
saying that each town has to do it in isolation.”
In Maryland, which faces runoff problems into Chesapeake Bay, an estuary
similar to Long Island Sound, the state requires some areas to retrofit
20 percent of the impervious cover with green infrastructure for each
stormwater permit cycle. And for much of the state, a stormwater fee was
implemented two years ago.
But with detractors calling it a “rain tax,” the new Republican governor has vowed to have it repealed...
Since the clean water rules and regulations were passed, the nation's waterways, it says here, have improved.
SOURCES: In progress...
Everything you ever wanted to know about storm water regs, June 2014: Fropm the US EPA
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Other pages on the Abiout Weston website related to environmental matters and similar topics, through the years: http://www.aboutweston.com/biblio.html#envrec