In order to improve stormwater management in unincorporated Alachua County, the Board of County Commissioners is considering adopting a stormwater assessment. A stormwater assessment is a user fee for stormwater services. The proposed assessment would help alleviate flooding and reduce water pollution associated with stormwater runoff.
Stormwater runoff is the water that flows off of roofs, parking lots, driveways, and other hard surfaces during rainstorms. While some stormwater is absorbed into the ground, during heavy rains the runoff flows into low areas, ditches, drainage pipes, culverts, sinkholes, and into creeks, lakes, wetlands, and our drinking water aquifer. Stormwater runoff is not treated; it picks up pollutants and causes contamination, erosion, and flooding.
The stormwater assessment will provide a dedicated funding source to allow the County to better measure and manage the County’s stormwater system, improve the condition of stormwater infrastructure, provide pollution prevention education, monitor water quality, eliminate illegal connections and discharges, and enforce stormwater codes more proactively.
Calendar of Events
- May 25, 2017 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM - Public Workshop at the Health Department Auditorium at 224 SE 24th Street, Gainesville
- May 30, 2017 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM - Public Workshop at the Freedom Center at 7340 SW 41st Place, Gainesville
- June 13, 2017 at 5:00 PM - Public Hearing in room 209 at the County Administration Building at 12 SE 1st Street, Gainesville