None of my water goes into the storm drains.  Why do I have to pay?
It’s important to remember that the City’s storm sewer includes much more than just storm drains and pipes. It also includes all gutters, ditches, swales, ravines and any other path that water follows on its way to the Mississippi and Rock Rivers. Even if your property does not have a storm drain or inlet near it, your stormwater runoff will still follow the City’s storm sewer system. Your property is also likely to generate runoff from a large rain event, even if the ground absorbs it during “normal” events. In any event, you benefit from an adequate, functioning storm sewer system that allows for proper drainage, decreases the likelihood of flooding and erosion and eliminates pollutants from surface and stormwater runoff. You also benefit from the regulation and monitoring of properties upstream and around you.

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1. What is stormwater runoff?
2. What does “pervious” and “impervious” surface mean?
3. What is the stormwater utility fee?
4. How does a fee differ from a tax?
5. Why not use property taxes to pay for the storm sewer?
6. What services will be provided?
7. The City has already been doing the work.  Why can’t you continue the same way?
8. None of my water goes into the storm drains.  Why do I have to pay?
9. Can I get credits or discounts on my utility fee for installing a rain garden?
10. Does the City offer money or designs for rain gardens?
11. Why can’t I dump my grass clippings and lawn waste in the ravine anymore?
12. What can I do with my lawn waste?
13. My neighbor’s gutter downspouts and/or sump are directed to my property and are causing standing water in my yard. What can I do?
14. How do I report a clogged storm drain?
15. What can I do to help with stormwater issues?