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Harrisonburg continues working to educate and inform its citizenry about polluted runoff, stormwater runoff, stormwater management, regulations, and the responsibility that is shared by the entire community. We want to know, what do you want to know about this topic?

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Attachment: Document - City Continues Work to Address Polluted Runoff


15 Virginia communities and more than 2,000 communitiies nationwide have a stormwater utility fee in effect. They found that a stormwater utility is most equitable because all property owners are charged a fee and the fee is based on contributions to stormwater and polluted runoff. In an effort to better educate the Harrisonburg community, we want to know what you need to know. What questions do you have for the city regarding its proposal to establish a stormwater utility fee?

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The city has been proactive in our efforts to provide water quality protection for our local streams and rivers by doing tree plantings, hosting build your own rain barrel workshops, educating the public, and other water quality activities. You can do the very same on your own property and some residents have already worked to prevent and control polluted runoff. What best management practices have you already done on your property?

Additional resources for keeping our waterways clean can be found at

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In 2015, the city will begin working on a Stormwater Improvement Plan that will identify drainage areas within the city, identify and prioritzes stormwater projects, and provide planning for required Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) pollutant reductions. What areas of the city should staff consider for the Stormwater Improvement Plan? What stormwater practices do you recommend?

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Harrisonburg residents are surrounded by many opportunities to play outdoors. Many of us enjoy peaceful walks along creeks and river banks, fishing, boating, and swimming and do so along Blacks Run, the North River, North and South Forks of the Shenandoah River, and the Shenandoah River; all bodies of water into which Harrisonburg's runoff flows through. What we do to keep polluted runoff out of our waterways, makes for better playtime! What are your favorite water activities?

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