Stormwater management price tag $1.9 million
July 28, 2016
Two years ago today, a storm cell tracked northwest across northern Carson Valley, dumping 1.21 inches of rain in 80 minutes on Hot Springs Mountain and sending large amounts of water and sediment into homes.
Residents of Johnson Lane, Sunridge, Jacks Valley and Fish Springs found themselves swamped as a result of the flood.
Estimated to be a 100-year flood brought on by record monsoon rains in Western Nevada, the water damaged property.
Establishing a fully funded stormwater management program in Douglas County would cost about $1.9 million, according to County Manager Larry Werner.
The flooding across northern Carson Valley in 2014 was not the first in that area.
Werner points out that citizen task groups created by the commission have been development recommendations for more than 20 years.
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While some of those recommendations have been included in the 1996 master plan, under the environmental resource and conservation element.
The goal is "to provide residents of Douglas County with increased safety from flooding."
With the master plan, the county adopted policies to consider forming a special district and obtaining flood-prone areas.
Managing stormwater is about more than flood protection, according to Werner.
It also includes maintaining drainage systems, master planning the watershed, regulating infrastructure, managing the quality of storm water and finances.
Funding the improvements would require a reduction of 4 percent in existing programs and staff from the general fund.
A 8.57-cent property tax would be required to fund the entire program under current conditions, according to Werner.
A special assessment district would only work with watershed specific improvements because the properties assessed a charge must show a benefit to the property of equal or greater than the assessment.
A stormwater utility funded through an improvement district could also raise the needed funds.