Nampa's ponders stormwater runoff plan; failure could be costly

Nampa's ponders stormwater runoff plan; failure could be costly

by
Mitch Coffman
May 4, 2012
Mitch Coffman
May 4, 2012

As Nampa searches for ways to meet increasingly strict federal requirements for stormwater runoff, there are a few key things to be aware of, according to the Idaho Press-Tribune, and the costs to the city could be huge.

First, Nampa must develop a plan to educate the public, discharge elicit stormwater, control construction site runoff, develop a post-construction management plan for water runoff and devise a pollution prevention program from city operations. Each one of required things costs money, lots of money. In fact, the total is just under $1.2 million.

But, there is more. Should Nampa fail to meet all of the EPA requirements, the city is subject to administrative penalties of $37,500 per day, civil penalties ranging from $16-000-$37,500 per day and criminal penalties for local policymakers if the violation is severe. Those penalties could result in fines from $2,500-$500,000 and include 1-30 years in prison.

 

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