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House of Representatives
Session of 2013 - 2014 Regular Session


Posted: January 29, 2013 11:57 AM
From: Representative Kate Harper
To: All House members
Subject: Creation of Municipal Storm Water Authorities
In the near future, I plan to introduce legislation that would amend Title 53 (Municipalities Generally) to expressly provide municipal authorities with the power to engage in storm water management, planning, and projects. The creation of a storm water authority is not a mandate but an optional power granted under the Municipality Authorities Act.

Storm water management is typically a regional issue defined by watersheds rather than municipal boundaries. It is difficult for an individual municipality within a watershed to address the storm water issue on its own as other municipalities, either upstream or downstream, may be approaching the problem differently, if at all, resulting in a disjointed effort and effect. Additionally, municipalities are seeking tools to help them respond to the escalating costs of storm water management to address regulatory requirements and flooding problems. The creation of storm water authorities would help create a stable source of funding for storm water management, planning, and projects.

Please join me by cosponsoring this important piece of legislation.

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Introduced as HB821