Improve flood protection, water quality, and groundwater recharge through education,
coordination, development, maintenance, and management of stormwater systems in
an efficient and cost effective manner that considers the needs for protection of
public health, private property, the natural environment, and economic development.
Why does the County need a stormwater utility?
County recently created a stormwater utility to address flooding and water quality
problems that impact property and the environment. These types of problems are not
easily attributed to a single source, and are usually the result of a combination
of things that increase the amount of impervious surfaces (roads, driveways, and
development) and affect water quality (erosion, fertilizers, and petroleum products).
According to the latest growth projections, the county is expected to grow by 31%
over the next 20 years, from a 2005 population of 15,500 to a 2025 population of
22, 534. This growth means that there will be more impervious surfaces created by
new homes, roads, and driveways and that existing flooding and water quality problems
will worsen. Addressing these problems through the stormwater utility will help
to ensure responsible and sustainable development and will help to protect
How was the stormwater utility created?
In November 2005, the San Juan County Board of
Ordinance 14- 2005 that established the County's Stormwater Utility. The
ordinance authorized the San Juan County Department of Public Works to develop the
utility in a way that best addresses the county's flooding and water quality problems.
In May 2006 a citizen Stormwater
Utility Steering Committee was convened to make recommendations to the County
regarding the utility's mission statement, goals, and funding/rate structure. After
five meetings, the Committee reached agreement on its recommendations and submitted
them in a letter to the County Council in September 2006.
For more information about the stormwater utility, contact Ed Hale: (360) 370-0532