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WVSA Could Finalize Stormwater Fees Soon

September 21, 2018

HANOVER TWP. — The Wyoming Valley Sanitary Authority board could vote to finalize prices for a stormwater fee in November, said executive director Jim Tomaine.

The fees are based on the amount of impervious surface on a property.

Prices have not been set, but a draft of the fee schedule show most homeowners would pay about $58 more per year under the proposal:

• Property owners with fewer than 100 impervious square feet wouldn’t be charged.

• Between 100 and 500 feet, the monthly charge would be $1.

• Between 500 and 7000 feet, the monthly charge would be $4.80. That’s the price most residents would pay.

• More than 7000 feet, property owners would pay $1.70 per 1,000 square feet.

The fee will fund upgrades to stormwater systems in Luzerne County to comply with regulations from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The agency’s mandate requires municipalities with stormwater that eventually drains to the Chesapeake Bay to reduce sediment pollution by 10 percent, phosphorus pollution by 5 percent and nitrogen pollution by 3 percent.

WVSA is the administrator of the effort to meet those requirements for more than two dozen Luzerne County municipalities. Some Dallas-area municipalities have opted to organize through the Dallas Area Municipal Authority.

WVSA officials have been meeting with commercial property owners and holding other public meetings to explain the program, including potential credits for things like green roofs and stream buffers and expected savings from municipalities meeting the requirements together. The regional approach is expected to save $57 million in capital costs over five years.

Contact the writer:

bwellock@citizensvoice.com

570-821-2051, @CVBillW

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