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Information meetings on proposed stormwater utility

5:54 PM, May 14, 2013
Stormwater from nearly 70 miles of city streets and the adjoining properties is collected via a 38-mile network of pipes that comprise the stormwater collection system. This runoff water is then discharged to local rivers and Lake Michigan. DNR's computer models estimate that this storm water, left untreated, carries about 600,000 pounds of suspended solids (pollutants) into those surface waterways each year. Current regulations call for reducing these suspended solids by 40 percent.
Stormwater from nearly 70 miles of city streets and the adjoining properties is collected via a 38-mile network of pipes that comprise the stormwater collection system. This runoff water is then discharged to local rivers and Lake Michigan. DNR's computer models estimate that this storm water, left untreated, carries about 600,000 pounds of suspended solids (pollutants) into those surface waterways each year. Current regulations call for reducing these suspended solids by 40 percent.
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As previously reported in this column, the Two Rivers City Council expects to take action later this year on the establishment of a stormwater utility, to fund stormwater management and related infrastructure.

City staff and our engineering consultants at McMahon Associates have devoted considerable time to researching and planning for such a utility. The council has reviewed the need for a stormwater utility at several work sessions, going back to last fall's 2013 budget development process.

The next step will be to hold public information meetings on the proposed new utility, prior ...

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