What is stormwater pollution?

Water from rain or melting snow either seeps into the ground or "runs off" to lower areas, making its way into streams, lakes, and other water bodies. On its way, runoff water can pick up and carry many substances that pollute water. Examples of common pollutants include fertilizers, pesticides, pet wastes, sediments, oils, salts, trace metals, grass clippings, leaves and litter. Stormwater polluted runoff can be generated anywhere people use or alter the land, such as farms, yards, roofs, driveways, construction sites, and roadways.

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1. What is stormwater runoff?
2. What is stormwater pollution?
3. Why is stormwater runoff a problem?
4. Why do we need to manage our stormwater runoff?
5. What is the City currently doing about these problems?
6. Who owns the stormwater system?
7. What is the City’s responsibility for stormwater?
8. How does the City currently pay for its stormwater services?
9. Why has City of Hendersonville chosen to implement a separate fee for stormwater management?
10. How did the City of Hendersonville develop its stormwater utility program?
11. What is the basis for the fee that is charged?
12. What is impervious surface area?
13. Why do I have to pay a stormwater fee?
14. When will the stormwater fee take effect?
15. Why is there a stormwater fee instead of a tax?
16. Are tax-exempt properties also exempt from the stormwater fee?
17. What is an Equivalent Residential Unit (ERU)?
18. How will single-family residential properties be billed?
19. How are Other Developed Property fees determined and billed?
20. What will the money collected by the Stormwater Utility be used to pay for?
21. Do other cities have a stormwater fee?
22. What are the goals of the City of Hendersonville’s stormwater program?
23. What are some examples of drainage problems?
24. Why do I have to pay when I do not have any drainage problems?
25. I have a drainage problem in my yard. Who do I call to get help with this problem?
26. Where can I get more information regarding the stormwater utility fee?