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


Gov. Butch Otter's executive order asking for an accounting of federal funds by state agencies is due to the Division of Financial Management by Sept. 2.

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.

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