Clean Water Act
The Clean Water Act of 1972 established regulations to limit the amount of polluted water discharged into state and federal waters. Drainage projects completed throughout St. Cloud have decreased the risk of flooding, but may have increased the amount of pollutants discharged into East Lake Tohopekaliga, Lake Tohopekaliga and Lake Runnymede.
Stormwater Utility Fee
In an effort to reduce the amount of pollutants that enter our lakes and to meet unfunded state and federal mandates, the City of St. Cloud has added a stormwater utility fee to the OUC utility bill for all properties located within the City Limits.
The stormwater utility fee went into effect October 1, 2007. Monies collected from this fee help the City meet the unfunded state and federal mandates, improve the maintenance of the publicly maintained stormwater system, improve stormwater quality prior to discharging into the lakes, and provide more public education that promotes cleaner stormwater.
Ordinance 2007-49 established the foundation for the Stormwater Utility while Resolution 2007-108R established the monthly fee. A residential household (single family home, town home, apartment, etc.) pays $6.35 per month.
A commercial property (business, hospital, church and publicly owned facility such as school and city / county / state / federal property) pays a fee based on their Equivalent Residential Unit (ERU) rate. An ERU rate for the city is calculated to be 2,664 square feet of impervious surface and is defined as the average amount of impervious surface per residential household.
For questions or more information about the stormwater utility please contact the Public Services Department at 407-957-7344.