The City of Asheville Stormwater Utility collects fees from property owners in Asheville in order to:
- Plan for, improve and operate the stormwater system in an efficient and effective manner;
- Adopt development policies and standards that prevent flooding, preserve streams and channels, and minimize water pollution without arresting new or infill development;
- Develop detailed watershed plans that promote orderly growth;
- Fully comply with federal and state regulatory requirements;
- Educate the public about stormwater issues and involve them in stormwater initiatives; and
- Implement utility fees to meet these needs in a fair an equitable manner.
Stormwater is rain that falls on streets, roofs, parking lots and other man made surfaces and flows down gutters and into storm drains. The storm drain system empties directly into creeks, rivers, lakes and other bodies of water. When rain flows into the storm drain system, it picks up pollutants like pesticides, paint, household chemicals, sediment, yard waste, detergents, oil and grease, trash and pet waste. Stormwater runoff is the #1 source of impairment for freshwater streams and shorelines in North Carolina. Stormwater and stormwater pollution can contaminate drinking water sources, sicken swimmers, disrupt aquatic habitats, cause fish kills, contribute to flash flooding, and cause land and stream bank erosion.