Taxes, fees and water rates across the country reflect cost of stormwater management

Last month we received notice of a new annual fee for stormwater management from our local department of public works. Whether the cost shows up in your utility bill, property taxes or as regional fees, you’re likely to be paying more. Following is a news story on the subject. ~ JB

Candaceadorka | November 1, 2010 | Chances are you’re paying more and more to deal with storm and sewer water. Experts say green infrastructure is a better way to spend those dollars.
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Local government web sites increasingly advocate for ecological landscaping with native plants

quarryjoy | September 7, 2010  | All U.S. state governments now offer advisories promoting ecological landscaping with native plants, and cities are following suit. At this time, Franklin, Wis., is examining its official policy on the subject. This program has been prepared in an effort to put this topic in perspective.
You are welcome to share it with your local officials. ~ Joy B.
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Innovative, unusual, attractive landscaping, trenching, and porous-boxed sidewalk manage stormwater

greentreks | August 12, 2010  | At first glance, the area surrounding the Waterview Recreation Center in Philadelphia’s Germantown section seems ordinary enough—but in reality, it’s comprised of a number of “green infrastructure” techniques that keep water out of the storm drains. During heavy rainfalls, when the city’s combined sewer system can be easily overwhelmed, porous sidewalks, tree trenches, and a flowthrough planter manage the water as it falls. That helps protect local rivers and streams.
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Homeowner: “Minimizing the impacts of stormwater runoff through native landscaping, infiltration, and harvesting for reuse was a goal from the start”

greentreks | June 14, 2010 | The words “sustainable house” may conjure images of hippie throwbacks living in grass shacks, geodesic domes, or some other dwelling that’s wacky and weird, but the Rosses wanted to show that it’s possible to live in a home that’s “just like others in the neighborhood” — but which is also in harmony with the natural world. Minimizing the impacts of stormwater runoff through native landscaping, infiltration, and harvesting for reuse was a goal from the start.
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