Moscow, Idaho residents and businesses will pay a monthly storm water utility fee starting Oct. 1 with city council approval, which will help develop a comprehensive storm water management program.
Moscow, Idaho residents and businesses will pay a monthly storm water utility fee starting Oct. 1 with city council approval.
The storm water permit requires the city to develop and implement a comprehensive storm water management program and storm water user fees would help pay for the program.
According to Moscow Environmental Services Manager Kyle Steele, the U.S. EPA issued a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems Permit to the city in August 2019, reported Moscow-Pullman Daily News.
Steele presented a proposal that would add a chapter to Moscow City Code, allowing the city to establish a system of storm water utility fees to fund and carry out the requirements of the permit over the next several years, reported Moscow-Pullman Daily News. The committee recommended approving the amendment and the full city council will discuss the item at a regular council meeting.
Tyler Palmer, deputy city supervisor of public works and services, said several requirements in the permit will be new to Moscow. The average Moscow residential property owner can expect to pay less than $10 per month, reported Moscow-Pullman Daily News.
“It’s a big task setting up something like this, but it’s also something that we’re excited to engage in and think that it’ll be worthwhile as we try to minimize our impact on Paradise Creek,” said Palmer.
Residential property owners will fall into either a low-, medium- or high-impact tier based on the amount of impervious surface on an owner’s property. According to Palmer, in 2019 impervious surfaces, such as driveways, rooftops and parking lots, contribute most to storm water runoff.
Commercial property owners will also pay based on the amount of impervious surfaces on their land.
Failure by the city to comply with the permit requirements could result in civil and criminal penalties under federal law, according to Steele.