Stormwater / Water Quality
Shelburne is Developing a Way to Fund Stormwater ManagementAs per state statute, Shelburne must reduce, then maintain certain levels of pollution caused by stormwater into Lake Champlain. In order to fund the Town's stormwater management program, capital improvement projects, and maintenance, Shelburne is working to establish an equitable funding source that won’t affect the property tax rate and will enable all contributors of stormwater to finance the work.
Shelburne’s Selectboard has asked staff to investigate the development of a Stormwater Utility, similar to other towns in Chittenden County, to fund this infrastructure. Town staff are currently working with the
, a leader in stormwater management, to look into this. A Stormwater Advisory Committee has also been formed to work with staff and the Selectboard on this potential project. (See link to Stormwater Advisory Committee in menu on left.)
Why Manage Stormwater?Impervious surfaces, such as roads, driveways, rooftop, etc., generate stormwater runoff into Lake Champlain. This runoff can erode stream banks and increase water pollution, which is an environmental and public health concern. Shelburne has been designated as a MS4 (Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System) town by the state. Towns with this designation must prepare a Flow Restoration Plan for each stormwater impaired watershed. (See a link to Shelburne's Flow Restoration Plan in menu on left.)
Stormwater FeesA stormwater utility manages the flow of stormwater via storm drains, culverts, swales, stonelined ditches, retention and detention ponds, and other various best management practices.
A stormwater utility fee is comparable to a water or sewer fee and is based on a common rate for a property’s contribution to stormwater runoff. See South Burlington’s stormwater utility website for some information on how this might work.
- Stormwater Presentation (September 26, 2017)
- Sewer Overflow (April 17, 2017)
- Clean Water Funding Letter
- State Treasurer's Report on Long Term Financing / Act 64
- Shelburne Stormwater Principles & Regulatory Responsibilities
- Shelburne Stormwater Summit Presentation (September 22, 2016)
- Financing Clean Water Improvement Report Process
- Long Term Finance Graphics
- South Burlington / Shelburne Stormwater Agreement
- Stormwater Award