The City of Melbourne’s Stormwater Utility assessments were first implemented in 1999. The City began using these funds to construct flood prevention projects, as well as stormwater treatment systems that clean polluted stormwater before it can enter Melbourne’s waterways. Though considerable progress has been made, it has not been enough to treat all of the stormwater runoff that drains into the Lagoon. In 2007, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, through the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, mandated the City reduce the amount of nutrients entering the Indian River Lagoon in order to improve water quality conditions that are necessary for the re-growth of seagrass.
The reduction mandate is significant and achieving the reductions will require many capital stormwater treatment projects. It is estimated that it will cost the City $196 million to achieve the current and anticipated mandated reductions. The City’s Stormwater Quality Master Plan identifies 46 projects to be completed as a first step toward meeting the mandates. These projects alone are estimated to cost more than $20 million. The City of Melbourne increased the assessment rate in 2014.
The City is currently working on several stormwater projects that will eliminate pollutants from the stormwater runoff entering the Indian River Lagoon. Some of these projects include:
- 2nd Generation Nutrient Baffle Boxes
- South Croton Road
- Garfield Street
- Bell Street
- Paradise Boulevard
- Melbourne Avenue
- Young Street
- South Sarno Drainage Improvements
- Stormwater quality retrofit project that will treat for an existing drainage basin 1,475 acres in size that currently has very little existing stormwater treatment.
- Southwest Park Drainage Improvements near Florida Avenue
- Upsizing existing pipes to allow for improved drainage and the installation of a 2nd generation nutrient baffle box
Illicit Discharge Laws
It is illegal to dispose of yard debris, pet waste, chemicals, oil, or trash into the stormwater system.
While many people are not aware that their daily activities can produce illicit discharges, others deliberately dump pollutants or have illegal pipe connections into the storm drain system.
Regardless of whether the source is intentional or unintentional, it is illegal to dispose of anything into a storm drain. The Melbourne City Council, continuing its commitment to prevent stormwater pollution enacted the Illicit Discharge Ordinance, which establishes rules and provides for penalties, to prohibit illicit discharges and connections into the stormwater drainage system. Illicit Discharge Ordinance.
Did you know?
The Largest source of stormwater pollution in Melbourne is the general public? The most common pollutants are trash (fast food wrappers, cigarette butts & Styrofoam cups) and toxins (used from motor oil, anti-freeze, fertilizer, pesticides, sewage overflow & pet waste).
Report Stormwater Pollution!
Call the Stormwater Hotline at (321) 608-7341