Why does Zanesville need a new Stormwater Fee?

The City of Zanesville Stormwater Utility will take a proactive approach in managing the city’s stormwater. Rather than raise income taxes or cut services, the proposed stormwater fee will cover the majority of the utility’s costs. This new approach will address and enforce the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) mandate referred to as the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Phase II stormwater regulations, which are part of the Federal Clean Water Act passed by the U.S. Congress in 1972. The funds will also be used to manage some stormwater flooding and drainage discharges, cover associated stormwater infrastructure costs, and finance capital improvement projects.

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1. Why does Zanesville need a new Stormwater Fee?
2. How did Zanesville pay for stormwater activities before the creation of the Stormwater Utility?
3. Who has to pay the stormwater fee?
4. What types of projects and activities will be the responsibility of the new stormwater utility?
5. What is impervious area?
6. What is an ERU?
7. Are there credits available to offset the ERU Fee?