Sustainable Storm Water Funding Task Force

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The Task Force completed their task during meeting held from 2011 through 2012. The Task Force made their recommendations to the City Council.

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Background


Storm water runoff can cause flooding of roads and public and private property. To reduce the severity of flooding that may occur, the City of Portland operates and maintains an extensive storm water and combined sewage system to convey storm water runoff away from roads and public and private property. However, this storm water runoff carries pollution, which ends up in stream, rivers, Portland Harbor, and Casco Bay.

The City of Portland is required by law to eliminate pollution of water bodies caused by the using the City of Portland’s storm water and combined sewer systems and over the past twenty years, has constructed and will continue to construct, over the next thirty years, hundreds of million dollars in upgrades to the City of Portland’s storm water and combined sewer systems to mitigate the contribution of storm water runoff to pollution of stream, rivers, Portland Harbor, and Casco Bay. In addition, to reduce the health and environmental impact of storm water runoff on stream, rivers, Portland Harbor, and Casco Bay, The City of Portland engages in pollution reduction and system maintenance programs including catch basin cleaning, street sweeping, illicit discharge detection programs, and other pollution reduction measures targeted directly to the Capisic Brook (an impaired urban stream as classified by the Environmental Protection Agency) Watershed.

Maintaining, operating, and constructing upgrades to the City of Portland’s extensive storm water and combined sewage systems is expensive and represents a significant, ongoing, and increasing cost to City taxpayers and sewer ratepayers.

The Sustainable Storm Water Funding Task Force was created to study and consider fair and equitable funding alternatives for operating, maintaining, and meeting the capital cost requirements of the City of Portland’s storm water and combined sewer infrastructure systems. The Task Force will:

1. Review and gain an understanding of: the City of Portland’s storm water and combined sewage systems; the effects of storm water runoff on the City of Portland’s infrastructure, both public and private; the regulations under which the City must comply; and the maintenance, operational and capital costs the City must undertake to operate and maintain the City of Portland’s storm water and combined sewer systems;

2. Review and consider fair and equitable alternative funding options for operating, maintaining, and meeting the capital cost requirement of the City of Portland’s storm water and combined sewer systems; and

3. Weigh the funding alternatives and make a recommendation to the City Council on fair and equitable alternative funding options.

The Task Force may consider the fiscal implications and feasibility of alternative funding, and consider the administrative implications and feasibility of alternative funding, and may develop a policy recommendation to be incorporated into the City Code.

The Task Force provided an update to the Energy and Environmental Sustainability Committee on or before July 7, 2011 and final recommendations to the Council on or before April 30, 2012.

Committee Members



Portland City Council
Ed Suslovic

Business Representative/Property Manager
Todd Dominski, East Brown Cow Property Management

Business Representative/Property Manager
Vin Veroneau, JB Brown and Sons

Residential Property Owner and Neighborhood Association Organization Representative
Dennis Martin, West End

Tax-exempt Property Owner
Bill Connolly, Real Estate Specialist, Mercy Hospital

Advocacy Representative
Curtis Bohlen, Casco Bay Estuary Partnership

Citizen-at-large
Mitchell Brooks

Roadway Systems
John Cannell, MDOT

Portland Water District
Ron Miller, General Manager or designee

Business Representative/Property Manager
Peter Gellerson, Lathrop Property Management

Industrial Wastewater Discharge Permit Holder
Bill Bennet or Thomas Brigham, Oakhurst Dairy

Residential Property Owner and Capisic Brook Watershed Stakeholder Working Group Member Representative
David E. Robinson

Tax-exempt Property Owner
Carol Potter or Tyler Kidder, Facilities Management Office, University of Southern Maine

Advocacy Representative
Joe Payne, Casco Baykeeper

Citizen-at-large
Fred Dillon