Anna Yie, NepRWA Green Infrastructure Specialist
On January 17, 2024, staff from NepRWA and the Town of Norwood, in collaboration with the Morrill Memorial Library, hosted a public talk titled, “Stormwater and the Future: Preparing for Flooding in Norwood”. The presentation provided an overview on the impact of climate change on local storms and Norwood’s infrastructure, along with multiple solutions to address these challenges.
One major challenge in stormwater management is financing, and many municipalities in the U.S. have adopted stormwater utilities for funding. The Town of Norwood formed a Stormwater Utility Study Committee to explore establishing a similar utility.
A stormwater utility operates much like an electric or drinking water utility. Fees collected from property owners go into a dedicated fund to pay specifically for the work of operating, maintaining, and improving stormwater infrastructure.
Details about Norwood’s proposed stormwater utility can be found on the town’s website.
The discussion also emphasized individual actions to prevent stormwater runoff around homes and businesses. Learn more about reducing stormwater.
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This presentation was partially funded through a grant from the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC).