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County to Hold Virtual Meeting to Discuss New Stormwater Utility Fee for Unincorporated Durham County

Post Date:06/26/2020 2:00 PM

Durham, N.C. – The Durham County Stormwater and Erosion Control Division of the Engineering and Environmental Services Department is tasked with finding ways to manage the ongoing challenge of stormwater impacts to the unincorporated areas of the County and meet State of North Carolina requirements to reduce pollutants, especially nutrients like phosphorous and nitrogen, in our waterways.  These requirements are specifically related to Jordan Lake and Falls Lake rules. As Durham County continues to grow, the need to address increasing runoff and the pollutants carried is a necessity.

Nutrient control management for both existing and new development is mandated by the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality. In order to pay for the projects that will be needed to address nutrient loading from existing development and meet State of North Carolina stormwater requirements, Durham County Government has implemented a new stormwater utility fee to go into effect in August 2020.

On Wednesday, July 1, 2020, DCo Stormwater and Erosion Control will host a virtual meeting to discuss the newly implemented stormwater utility fee for unincorporated Durham County. The public is invited to the virtual question and answer session to learn more about stormwater in Durham County.  The meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, July 1, from 6-7:30 p.m., and will be conducted on Zoom

Please click the link below to join the webinar: https://zoom.us/j/99380949753?pwd=R29ZOWhPRmY1VlJGYXlGckcxR0w1QT09. Password: 348715.

For information on the new stormwater utility fee, visit the project website at www.dconc.gov/stormwaterutility

The Stormwater Utility Fee website includes a recorded presentation highlighting the purpose of the stormwater utility fee and how it will be used. Public comments can be sent in advance of the meeting to dcostormwater@outlook.com.  A survey allowing the public to share their experiences with stormwater issues is also linked to the website . To access the survey, visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DCoStormwater_Utility.

For more information about the upcoming virtual meeting or to learn more about stormwater in Durham, email DCo Stormwater and Erosion Control Division Manager Ryan Eaves at reaves@dconc.gov.

 

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