Ann Arbor, Michigan May 16-20, 2013
We all know that money doesn't grow on trees. In fact, the opposite is probably more true, as maintaining urban canopies and parks is a major expense for many local governments.
A stormwater utility is a dedicated funding source—essentially a fee for service, just like an electricity or municipal water bill—used to support a management system for stormwater (the water that accumulates and picks up pollutants when it rains). These utilities began cropping up in the 1970s to fund flood control programs and proliferated in the 1990s whennew pollution rules
required cities with over 100,000 people to more closely regulate their stormwater. Today, there are at least 400 stormwater utilities in the United States.
More here: http://adaptationstories.com/2013/05/29/ann-arbors-climate-smart-stormwater-utility/