Shelter from the Storm

by Stephen P. Chinn, Stinson, Mag & Fizzell, 1201 Walnut St., Kansas City, MO 64106-2150,
Martha E. Crow, Stinson, Mag & Fizzell, 1201 Walnut St., Kansas City, MO,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1993, Vol. 63, Issue 6, Pg. 58-59

Document Type: Feature article


Assuming that EPA meets its most recent deadline (Octobet 31, 1993), municipalities (cities and counties) with populations of less than 100,000 that own or operate separate storm-water conveyances may have to apply for a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit to discharge pollutants from their systems. For local governments that are required to apply, the cost can be substantial. More than 200 cities and counties across the country have completed, or are in the process of completing, an application for an NPDES permit to EPA or its state designees. Application costs are running from $500,000 to $1 million. However, management approaches that limit the need for new construction of storm-water facilities, as well as such innovative financing measures as the creation of a storm-water utility, can help reduce compliance costs and make funding more equitable.

Subject Headings: Stormwater management | Water discharge | Pollution | Permits | Local government | Financing | Environmental Protection Agency

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