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Published on December 31, 2007

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Storm water in Baldwin County:  Storm water in Baldwin County Slowing the Flow Mobile Bay National Estuary Program in Partnership with the Baldwin County Storm Water Working Group Baldwin County is in rapid transition::  Baldwin County is in rapid transition: Rapid urban growth converts acres of forest and pasture to rooftops, streets and parking lots resulting in: Flooding Sediment deposits Channel erosion Increased pollution Habitat destruction Decreased aesthetic and property values Our population expected to reach 300,000-340,000 by 2016 ! What we do Know…:  What we do Know… Increases in Impervious Surface lead to increased Stormwater Volume and Velocity Increases in Impervious Surface lead to Water Quality Degradation Both Have Economic Consequences Polluted Run off- #1 Water Quality Problem in the U.S.*:  Polluted Run off- #1 Water Quality Problem in the U.S.* *US EPA Impacts On Urban Watersheds:  Impacts On Urban Watersheds 2. Changes to stream stability 3. Changes to aquatic habitat 4. Changes to water quality 1. Changes to stream flow The Results – Why Should We Care?:  The Results – Why Should We Care? Flooding Sediment deposits Channel erosion Increased pollution Habitat destruction Decreased aesthetics and property values Slide7:  …a small summer thunderstorm’s runoff before development Slide8:  Runoff after significant development for the same storm: a four-fold peak flow increase! Slide9:  What are we doing about it??? Municipalities both large and small addressing what they can within their geographical limits County attempting to address drainage in unincorporated areas by allocating more of its limited budget and acknowledging the need through strategic plan Slide10:  Storm Water run off does not follow political boundaries Cities, towns and the county cannot control/manage storm water runoff upstream of their geographic boundaries Regulatory pressure and the specter of increased stormwater treatment requirements Addressing the ongoing management of storm water runoff requires a steady revenue “stream” The Problem Slide11:  How can we voluntarily come together on a regional basis– across political boundaries, to manage flooding, drainage, water quality problems? The Baldwin County Stormwater Cooperative:  The Baldwin County Stormwater Cooperative A voluntary association of local communities… designed to operate on a regional and watershed scale to… support local communities in managing flooding, drainage, and water quality problems related to stormwater runoff in Baldwin County… funded through a small and equitable stormwater user fee BCSC Guiding Principles:  BCSC Guiding Principles Keep Lean Use existing and privatized resources wherever possible – staff as program managers Do not duplicate services of local governments or others – partner and enhance Keep Seen Answerable to local governments - board Transparent and equitable in use of funds Keep Green Protect the area’s natural resources Preserve the area’s economic vitality BCSC- How did we get here?:  BCSC- How did we get here? Blue Water Committee, Fairhope/MBNEP Storm Water Authority Feasibility Assessment Andy Rees, AMEC Earth and Environmental, Inc. Storm Water Working Group Municipal representatives (minus one) County representatives Baldwin County Delegation Representative Wolf Bay Watershed Watch Alabama Coastal Foundation Weeks Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve Mobile Bay National Estuary Program BCSC: How it Will work:  BCSC: How it Will work The BCSC will play five major roles- Watershed Stewardship Development of Standards and Criteria Regulatory Compliance Coordination Stream System Manager Local Stormwater Program Service Partner Watershed Stewardship:  Watershed Stewardship The BCSC will monitor watershed health and develop the tools, master plans and information necessary to assist local communities in wise decision making. Standards & Criteria:  Standards & Criteria The BCSC will develop and communicate effective standards and requirements for design of stormwater infrastructure and site developments that are cost effective, low impact, and sustainable. Regulatory Compliance Coordinator:  Regulatory Compliance Coordinator The BCSC will assist local communities in compliance with water quality mandates, with county-wide efforts such as public education, with floodplain and FEMA management, and with long term water quality issues. Stream System Management:  Stream System Management The BCSC will master plan and inspect streams. It will develop construction and maintenance projects on streams for flood control, property protection, and stream stabilization and habitat protection. Local Stormwater Program Service Partnership:  Local Stormwater Program Service Partnership The BCSC will, as requested and on a cost reimbursable basis, assist local communities in many aspects of their local stormwater program management and operation. BCSC accountability:  BCSC accountability To communities To local governments To its board A Possible Funding Scheme Fee under $3.00/month = $2-3M annually:  A Possible Funding Scheme Fee under $3.00/month = $2-3M annually $0 $100 $200 $250 $50 $/Dev. Acre/Yr $150 Incidental Minimal Moderate Advanced Exceptional Core program + Local Program Program Level Typical Rates:  Typical Rates Fast Food $47.04/mo less credit Large Res. $4.00/mo Small Res. $2.00/mo 200,000 sq ft shopping 700,000 sq ft impervious $840.90/mo less credit 2 tiers residential How the money will be Spent Say the BCSC fee is $2.25 and the local community adds a $1.00 fee for local programs:  How the money will be Spent Say the BCSC fee is $2.25 and the local community adds a $1.00 fee for local programs $1.50 $0.75 $1.00 BCSC Core Program Optional Local Fee Other Program Specifics:  Other Program Specifics Voluntary community membership A base fee for County-wide core program Member governments may choose to add a surcharge, collected and returned to them to cover their local programs Total around $3.00 monthly (residential) Based on impervious area only Reduced fee for rural areas Flat rate – two tiers for residential Credits for a variety of things to accommodate business Possibly billed on County tax bill BCSC: What we Don’t know yet:  BCSC: What we Don’t know yet Exact form of the Cooperative Public Service Corporation County Government Representation on the Board of Directors Fee Structure Incentive packages/credit structures What is happening at present?:  What is happening at present? Working to introduce enabling legislation in the 2007 session 12/13 Municipalities and County have signed resolutions of support for enabling legislation SWWG is engaged in education different constituencies about the Storm Water Authority Concept Inviting other stakeholder groups to participate as we continue to develop the program Slide28:  What happens if we do nothing? It all depends on what we want our future to look like…

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