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Lake Stevens City Council Discusses Options for Private Stormwater Maintenance

Posted on Nov 19, 2021 in:
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This week, the Lake Stevens City Council discussed issues the city is facing with the management of single-family residential private stormwater infrastructure and options to consider at a workshop. There are approximately 200 privately-owned stormwater facilities in the city with varying degrees of maintenance. Further, the city’s National Pollution Discharge Elimination Systems (NPDES) Permit requires that these facilities be inspected annually and maintained as needed.

Currently, the city sends a series of letters to the active HOAs or individual homeowners, where there is not an active HOA, documenting deficiencies in their shared stormwater facility and compliance requirements. The city is looking at options to implement in 2022. The city has the authority to invoice the HOA or individual homeowners for costs associated or even lien properties. The city is reviewing how other jurisdictions handle the issue and will likely revisit this subject in early 2022.

  • Snohomish County: Maintains all private stormwater facilities without financial penalty to the HOA/homeowners. Maintenance is performed as funding allows.

  • Marysville: Grant program to encourage maintenance of existing facilities. New facilities are owned and maintained by the City.

  • Monroe: Maintains all private facilities without financial penalty to the HOA/homeowners

View the staff report.

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