- The various components, needs, and issues of typical municipal stormwater management programs;
- Stormwater program funding mechanisms commonly used in North America, including the pros and cons of each;
- Technical, financial, and administrative details related to stormwater rate financing, including differences in billing unit methodologies and rate structures, credits, and incentives; and
- Where to go for help and support, including details and contact information for Canadian municipalities that have either investigated or implemented stormwater user fees.
Nancy Hill, P.Eng.
Nancy Hill, has 25 years of experience in stormwater management and municipal engineering across Canada, including planning, analysis, design, operations, maintenance, and program financing. Nancy has been involved in several stormwater financing studies across Canada and leads the National Water and Wastewater Benchmarking Initiative’s Stormwater Task Force. Nancy began her career as a municipal employee (City of Vancouver) but is now a consultant (AECOM), working with municipalities, regions, electoral areas, and university campuses in the planning of their infrastructure.
Michael A. Gregory, P.Eng., PE
Engineering Director, Computational Hydraulics International
Mike is a licensed professional engineer with 27 years of experience in water resources engineering, rate financing, and the implementation of stormwater user fees. He has served as the project manager/senior engineer for 14 stormwater financing studies in Ontario, Alberta, and British Columbia, including Canada’s first implementation of a stormwater rate based on measured impervious area (City of Kitchener, for which he has co-authored a case study in the 2013 Water Environment Federation publication “User-Fee-Funded Stormwater Programs, Second Edition”). He has subsequently assisted the cities of Mississauga, Markham, and Guelph on the implementation of their stormwater user fees, billing systems, and credit programs. As part of these studies, Mike has performed program service level/expenditure reviews, funding option and rate structure evaluations, financial impact assessments, cash flow analyses, incentive program investigations, stakeholder group meeting facilitation, and formal presentations to elected officials, business owners, and citizens. In addition to these studies, he has helped to coordinate and facilitate stormwater financing workshops and information sessions for over 45 municipalities and agencies across Canada since 2005. He has also given many presentations on this subject at conferences to broad audiences comprised of finance, engineering, and public works professionals.