A Monroe County stormwater user fee has been approved by the county commissioners and the county council. Click here to see the ordinance.
What is stormwater?
Stormwater is simply any water that falls during rainstorms or melts from snowfall. Stormwater sometimes drains into the ground, especially if it falls on vegetated surfaces. However, when stormwater falls on impervious surfaces, such as roads, roofs, and compacted soils, it runs into storm drain systems and eventually into our lakes and streams.
Why is stormwater a concern?
As stormwater runs across roads, parking lots, and construction sites, it can pick up pollutants, such as oil and sediments. These pollutants can lower the water quality in our lakes and streams, causing harm to aquatic organisms. Poor water quality also reduces the recreational value and natural beauty of our lakes and streams. Finally, poor water quality can increase the treatment costs for municipal drinking water systems. More. . .
What can you do to keep our stormwater clean?
Whether at home or in the workplace, we can all play a role in keeping our stormwater clean. Simple steps, such as reducing pesticide use and increasing the amount of vegetation on your property, can make a big difference. Since stormwater drains across the entire county, it's up to each of us to help keep our water clean.
What can you do if you suspect someone is violating Monroe County's Illicit Discharge Ordinance?
You can fill out a brief form and the department will follow up on your concern or you can contact the Stormwater Team directly. Click HERE to report suspicious runoff online (you can choose to do so anonymously-the form does not save any of your information) or contact us directly at (812) 349-2960.