If I drain to a creek, ravine, pond or lake, am I exempt from paying or would I qualify for a credit/grant?

Property owners who drain to a creek, ravine, pond, or lake still must pay the stormwater utility fee. These water bodies are important parts of the stormwater infrastructure system. Lakes often feature overflow structures that drain water into the stormwater system when the level rises too high. The stormwater system is made up of City-owned and privately-owned infrastructure and the utility will provide funds to help maintain that infrastructure. The Private Property Drainage Assistance Program and Stormwater Infrastructure Investment Grant are two programs to help private infrastructure maintenance.

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1. Can my existing best management practice (rain garden, detention pond, permeable pavement, etc.) be used?
2. Can brick or gravel be considered permeable?
3. If I drain my downspouts to grass, do I need to pay the utility fee?
4. Are there options for residents with low or fixed income?
5. If I drain to a creek, ravine, pond or lake, am I exempt from paying or would I qualify for a credit/grant?
6. If I construct a best management practice because it’s mandated by ordinance, can I receive a grant or credit?