The fall 2013 Stormwater Connections newsletter includes important information for property owners and renters in or near a flood hazard area. Residents can also learn more about changing insurance rates, flood risk and flood safety tips in this issue.
Although Lane County has not experienced major flooding since 1996, the increase of large storms in highly populated areas is affecting flood insurance rates. Approximately 5,000 individual parcels are located in or near the flood hazard zone in Eugene.
Other articles discuss the residual impact of pollutants from vehicles and dog waste, how stormwater fees help the community, and a volunteer Park Stewards project at Delta Ponds. Stormwater Connections also includes one page about the local environment written for younger residents and for use by teachers. Actions of informed residents to stop pollution are critical to reducing the number one cause of water pollution - non-point pollution in stormwater. These preventative measures also help the city avoid the alternative of installing expensive stormwater treatment structures.