Nampa's ponders stormwater runoff plan; failure could be costly


Superintendent of Public Instruction-elect Sherri Ybarra could help spike a former lawmaker's pension.

As Nampa searches for ways to meet increasingly strict federal requirements for stormwater runoff, there are a few key things to be aware of, according to the Idaho Press-Tribune, and the costs to the city could be huge.

First, Nampa must develop a plan to educate the public, discharge elicit stormwater, control construction site runoff, develop a post-construction management plan for water runoff and devise a pollution prevention program from city operations. Each one of required things costs money, lots of money. In fact, the total is just under $1.2 million.

But, there is more. Should Nampa fail to meet all of the EPA requirements, the city is subject to administrative penalties of $37,500 per day, civil penalties ranging from $16-000-$37,500 per day and criminal penalties for local policymakers if the violation is severe. Those penalties could result in fines from $2,500-$500,000 and include 1-30 years in prison.

 

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  1. Joe

    I know Abtech’s Smartsponge is being considered in a lot of new projects in LA for treatment of stormwater runoff. From what I have heard Waste Management, which is partnered with Abtech, is working with local municipalities to get the costs broken down to a monthly fee so that the municipalities don’t have to front millions of dollars to pay for installation. It’s an interesting time for companies in the stormwater runoff market.