Recently, Bloomington-Normal implemented a Storm Water Utility Fee. This fee was created by the City Council on April 26, 2004, and it is dedicated to improving drainage, controlling flooding, improving water quality and implementing the Environmental Protection Agency’s water quality regulations in Bloomington-Normal. The Storm Water Utility Fee is based on how each property affects the drainage system.
For more information on the Storm Water Utility Fee visit Storm Water FAQs
For more information about Storm Water Utility in general visit Storm Water Utility Management
What is Phase II?
Bloomington-Normal is attempting to meet the requirement for the Phase II National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System put in place by the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency. More specifically, Phase II is a movement to reduce the amount of pollutants carried in the stormwater which contaminate our waterways.
The City of Bloomington gives 10 tips that you can do to help the city be successful in Phase II:
- Use fertilizers sparingly and sweep up driveways and sidewalks.
- Compost or recycle yard waste whenever possible.
- Never dump anything down a storm drain.
- Take your car to a car wash instead of washing it in your driveway.
- Check your car regularly for fluid leaks and recycle your motor oil.
- Direct downspouts away from paved surfaces on your property.
- Pick-up after your pet. Flushing pet waste is the best disposal method.
- Vegetate bare spots in your yard and consider native plants and grasses that require less water, pesticides and fertilizers.
- During home improvement projects sweep up all dust and clean paint brushes inside of your home as opposed to outdoors.
- Drain your swimming pool when chlorine levels are undetectable.
- If you live near a waterway, do not mow your grass up to the waterfront as increased vegetation will help filter out pollutants contained in runoff.
For more information on Phase II please visit What is Phase II?