Better Ways to Finance Stormwater Management

by Herbert G. Poertner, (F.ASCE), Pres.; Stormwater Consultants, Bolingbrook, Ill.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1981, Vol. 51, Issue 4, Pg. 67-69

Document Type: Feature article


A lack of adequate funds is the principal impediment to local governments in developing stormwater management programs. Several municipalities in the U.S. assess user charges to be paid by land owners or occupants. Others have established single-purpose utilities that impose service charges. User or service charges are usually based on parcel area, percentage of impervious area, and other parameters. Examples of rate structures for several cities are given, and other methods of financing are identified. The user charge and utility concepts are presented as the most dependable and equitable approaches available to local governments for financing stormwater management program.

Subject Headings: Stormwater management | Local government | Financial management | Financing | Owners | Parameters (statistics)

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