130 residents attend stormwater meetings
September 23, 2016
A half-dozen meetings to present a stormwater management program to Douglas County residents drew more than 130 people over the past two weeks.
The last meeting was held in Fish Springs on Wednesday night, where 17 residents turned out to listen to the presentation and ask questions.
A meeting on Tuesday in Topaz Ranch Estates had the distinction of drawing the largest crowd, with 41 residents interested in learning about the proposal. A meeting in Gardnerville drew only three last week.
The meetings were the first step in preparing a program for stormwater management, which includes flood damage reduction, erosion control wetlands mitigation and water quaility, according to the county.
County officials warned that the program wouldn't eliminate flooding, but that it would allow the county to recover from incidents like those that occurred during the summers of 2014 and 2015.
County Manager Larry Werner said a utility designed to manage stormwater would provide funding for clearing roadside ditches, drainage pipes and culverts and a variety of other infratructure.
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After monsoon rains sent stormwater through Johnson Lane, money to clear storm drains and culverts came from the county's road fund.
The program is estimated to cost $2 million a year and would be paid for by residents based on the impermeable space on their property.
That amount is estimated to be $3-$7 a month, and would be included with residents' tax bill every year.
County commissioners will be asked to appoint a stormwater advisory committee to review input from the recently held meetings and develop recommendations.