Strategies for Reducing Local Stormwater Utility Fees for Airports

The objective of this research is to prepare a guidebook to help airport industry practitioners reduce their local stormwater utility fees. The guidebook should provide, at a minimum: (1) Summary of the origin of stormwater utility fees and how they are applicable to airports; (2) Common stormwater utility fee structures; (3) Examples of exemptions and fee-reduction methods from airports and other transportation industries; (4) Relationships (if any) among municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4), industrial activity, and construction discharge permit programs and stormwater utility fees; (5) Guidance for developing strategies to reduce stormwater utility fees at airports; (6) Opportunities for airports to recover costs related to managing stormwater emanating from offsite sources; (7) Effective strategies for engaging in the stormwater utility fee development process with local governments; (8) Guidance for engaging with local governments to understand the nexus between fees and services provided, including considerations of FAA grant assurances and regulations; and (9) Case study examples of airports that have attempted to reduce stormwater utility fees; at a minimum, the examples should vary by airport type and size, governance, geography, permit type(s), and complexity.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $325000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 02-68

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Aviation Administration

    800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20591

    Airport Cooperative Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001
  • Project Managers:

    Navarrete, Joseph

  • Performing Organizations:

    Cadmus Group, Inc.

    Waltham, MA  United States 
  • Principal Investigators:

    Jolley, James

  • Start Date: 20160921
  • Expected Completion Date: 20180629
  • Actual Completion Date: 20180629
  • Source Data: RiP Project 40169

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01572151
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 02-68
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Aug 1 2015 1:30AM