The Alachua County Water Quality Code includes stormwater standards to protect our water resources. Click HERE to view a fact sheet on the code and HERE for the Stormwater Code Affidavit of Compliance form.
In order to improve stormwater management in unincorporated Alachua County, the Board of County Commissioners has adopted a stormwater assessment. A stormwater assessment is a user fee for stormwater services. The assessment may help alleviate flooding and reduce water pollution associated with stormwater runoff. The assessment rate for 2020 is $40 per Equivalent Residential Unit (ERU).
Stormwater runoff is the water that flows off of roofs, parking lots, driveways, and other hard surfaces during rainstorms. While some stormwater is absorbed into the ground, during heavy rains the runoff flows into low areas, ditches, drainage pipes, culverts, sinkholes, and into creeks, lakes, wetlands, and our drinking water aquifer. Stormwater runoff is not treated; it picks up pollutants and causes contamination, erosion, and flooding.
The stormwater assessment provides a dedicated funding source to allow the County to better measure and manage the County’s stormwater system, improve the condition of stormwater infrastructure, provide pollution prevention education, monitor water quality, eliminate illegal connections and discharges, and enforce stormwater codes more proactively.