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City answers questions about Stormwater Pollution Prevention Fee

Posted: July 15, 2009 2:06 p.m.
Updated: July 15, 2009 2:30 p.m.
In accordance with the Federal Clean Water Act, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) established the regulations for protection of our rivers and oceans by way of the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit.

Since May 1992, the city of Santa Clarita has been a co-permittee under the NPDES permit for the County of Los Angeles.

In order to provide for the continued safety of city residents and to meet federally regulated water quality requirements of the NPDES permit, it is necessary to maintain, improve and replace storm drainage facilities.

The NPDES permit also requires the city to inspect, monitor, and take enforcement action related to illegal dumping, illicit discharges, and various water quality concerns and implement educational outreach programs.

In order to fund these activities, the Santa Clarita City Council found it necessary to impose a user charge for storm drainage services on all properties within the city.

All properties that shed stormwater into the drainage system use the city's stormwater drainage system. The amount of use attributed to each parcel is measurable by the amount of storm runoff contributed by the property, which is directly proportional to the amount of impervious area on a parcel (such as buildings and concrete).

The more impervious area on a property, the more storm runoff the property generates, the more demand placed on the storm drain system.

The Stormwater Pollution Prevention Fee is paid by all Santa Clarita property owners to fund this service.


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