Why do we pay a monthly storm water fee?
According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), urbanized areas have the greatest potential to pollute storm water runoff.

USEPA established the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) and Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Phase II regulations in 2003 requiring municipalities over a 10,000 population to develop storm water quality management plans (Phase I regulations enacted in 1990 apply to communities with populations over 100,000 like Indianapolis.) This regulation was enacted as an unfunded mandate.

Chesterton developed a Storm Water Quality Management Plan (SWQMP) that states our goals and objectives for minimizing pollutants in storm water runoff. In order to cover the costs of implementing the SWQMP Chesterton established storm water fees for residents and commercial / industrial property owners.

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1. Why do we pay a monthly storm water fee?
2. I don't have storm sewers serving my property, why am I being charged this fee?
3. I was informed that my bill is based on my property's "impervious surface," what is an "impervious surface?"