Stormwater Management Program
Alachua County has identified various problem areas throughout the
county that frequently flood and cause structural damage or
accessibility issues. Also, water bodies within the county have been
identified as being "impaired" or having water quality deficiencies
based on State and Federal regulatory criteria. These problem or
impaired areas have been documented and investigated. But due to the
lack of dedicated funding, corrective actions have not been implemented.
Recognizing the significance of the flooding and the need to protect
natural water bodies, Alachua County included specific guidelines in the
2001-2020 Comprehensive Plan (adopted 2005) to better manage
stormwater. Those guidelines resulted in the implementation of a
Stormwater Management Program (SMP).
Two main requirements of the SMP are listed in the Comp Plan 1) the
SMP must have a Dedicated Funding Source; 2) the SMP must be
comprehensive and address all of the County's stormwater management
Dedicated Funding Source
Provisions for a Dedicated Funding Source are a critical element to
the success of the SMP. Therefore, one of the main goals of the SMP is
to specify the funding source, initiate its operation and insure that it
is dedicated to the goals of the program.
The development of a Comprehensive Plan sets in place a system that
will address all aspects of stormwater management within the county.
Having this all-encompassing SMP gives citizens confidence in the
County's desire and ability to correct flooding and water quality
deficiencies. Being Comprehensive is a major goal of the SMP in order to
address necessary Capital Improvements, continued Maintenance and
Administration of the program. Capital improvements will correct
existing deficiencies in flooding and water quality. Maintenance will be
bolstered to ensure existing and new systems perform as designed.
Administration of the program is necessary for leadership, coordination
and direction of the program. These three elements of the program form a
comprehensive approach to proactive management of stormwater.
StormWater Master Plan
A key component of developing an effective SMP is preparing a
Stormwater Master Plan. Master planning provides an opportunity to
assess the state of stormwater management on a County-wide basis for
unincorporated areas. The focus of the plan will be to identify
management needs and costs to address flooding problems, water quality
deficiencies, maintenance of drainage systems, and compliance with
regulatory requirements. Through the Stormwater Master Planning efforts,
costs associated with meeting the goals of a comprehensive program will
be refined to allow the most appropriate funding options to be
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