What is stormwater runoff?

Stormwater runoff is the water that flows off roofs, driveways, parking lots, streets and other hard surfaces during rain storms. Stormwater runoff is also the rain that flows off grass surfaces and wooded areas that is not absorbed into the soil. The runoff that is not absorbed into the ground pours into ditches, culverts, catch basins and storm sewers. It does not receive any treatment before entering the streams and lakes.

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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 doing about stormwater runoff problems?
6. Who owns the stormwater system?
7. How does the City currently pay for its stormwater services?
8. Why has the City chosen to implement a separate fee for stormwater management?
9. What is the City’s responsibility for stormwater?
10. How did the City of Gallatin 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 a Single Family Unit (SFU)?
18. How will single-family residential properties be billed?
19. How will non-single residential properties (such as duplexes, apartments, condos, etc.) be billed?
20. How are non-residential property fees determined and billed?
21. Is there anything I can do to reduce my fee?
22. What will the money collected by the Stormwater Utility be used to pay for?
23. Do other cities have a stormwater fee?
24. What are the goals of the City of Gallatin’s stormwater program?
25. What are some examples of drainage problems?
26. Why do I have to pay when I do not have any drainage problems?
27. I have a drainage problem in my yard. Who do I call to get help with this problem?
28. Where can I get more information regarding the stormwater utility fee?