Norfolk City Council considers a cut in storm water fees

13News Now Steven Graves has the story

NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) -- Norfolk residents might soon be able to take advantage of a cut in storm water fees.

City council is considering a newly proposed program. It's part of an effort to get people to "go green."

“The future of Norfolk depends on us tackling the flooding problem together and this is one step in the right direction,” said Councilman Martin Thomas.

Thomas’ proposal is simple. It encourages residents to adapt green efforts like rain gardens, rain barrel cisterns and green roofs.

In return, residential or non-residential property owners could see a slash in storm water fees by receiving a waiver. The amount depends on which tool a property owner adopts.

"In the short term, the city will see between a one and five percent drop in storm water fees. That's what we're predicting,” said Thomas. “But in the long term, we more than make that up in the increased capacity in our storm water system because we don't have as much water having to flow through it daily."

The proposal goes in front of the city council on Tuesday for a vote.

"I anticipate full support," said Thomas.

City storm water fees go toward cleaning up pollutants that go into local bodies of water like the Chesapeake Bay.

Thomas said adapting these ‘green’ practices will prevent this from getting worse.


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