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The City of Brighton ordinance prohibit (most) anything other than uncontaminated rainwater from entering the storm drain system. Never pour anything into a gutter, street orstorm drain. For further information on what can be accepted in the storm drainage system please review the City of Brighton Municipal Code.
The City of Brighton is contained within two watersheds. The division, or ridge, between these two watersheds is Tower Rd. The South Platte Watershed, which includes areas west from Tower Rd, drains towards the northwest and into the South Platte River. The Barr-Milton Watershed basin, which includes areas east from Tower Rd, drains towards the northeast.
If your property is located within the City, storm runoff from your property is being managed by some or all of the storm water systems that are already in place. Storm inlets and ponds are designed and built in low areas. Just look around, or follow the flow along the curb and gutter. You will find a storm sewer inlet that’s servicing your area.
The Storm Drainage Connection Fee is essentially a one-time fee that is assessed when a piece of property is first developed and is based on the type of usage planned for the property.
The City of Brighton Storm Drainage Maintenance Fee is a monthly fee paid by every owner of residential, commercial, industrial and institutional properties located within the City limits. This fee is calculated, billed and collected directly by the City of Brighton.
The South Beebe Draw Metropolitan District Storm Sewer Maintenance Charge is an annual fee paid only by owners of residential, commercial, industrial and institutional properties located within the District’s boundaries (areas east from Tower Rd) This fee is calculated, billed and collected directly by the District.
The fee is billed once per year in March. The 2023 annual fee is $69.52 per household. The bills are sent to residents and property owners in the South Beebe Draw Basin, including the Bromley Park development. The billing period covers from January 1st through December 31st of each year. Invoices are due 30 days after receipt, late fees and interest penalties do apply. You can access the District website at: https://www.cospecialdistricts.com/south-beebe-draw-metro-district-rates-and-fees for assistance with the options available to pay your annual storm drainage maintenance invoice.
You are not getting charged twice. Funds from each fee are collected by two different entities to pay for different services. 1) A portion of the storm drainage fee is being utilized to staff and fund the City of Brighton’s Stormwater Program. The City, and not the District, is the entity being held responsible for stormwater quality permit requirements by the State of Colorado. The City has been issued a Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit by the State. This permit requires implementation of a Stormwater Program. The purpose of the City's Stormwater Program is to coordinate city-wide the implementation and enforcement of the following six minimum control measures which are in place not only to protect the city's natural resources, ensure public safety, and continue to improve the quality of life of all residents, but also to ensure compliance with State and Federal regulations. 2) The South Beebe Draw Metropolitan District was created to provide financing, construction, and maintenance of only certain public infrastructure with a defined boundary. Storm drainage improvements such as inlets, regional detention ponds and pipelines within the District’s boundaries are to be regularly maintained and when necessary replaced through the assessment of the District storm drainage fee. 3) Not all storm drainage structures and facilities, including trans-boundary flows and neighborhood detention basins which may be maintained by the homeowner associations, are covered by South Beebe Draw Metropolitan District services. 4) The City of Brighton, under the Federal Regulations governed by the Clean Water Act, and enforced by the State of Colorado is responsible for the oversight, enforcement, and maintenance of stormwater quality within the entire City boundary. 5) As part of the Municipal Stormwater Program, commonly referred to as the Phase 2, MS4 Program, the City must comply with a NPDES permit issued by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) or potentially be subject to levied fines up to $25,000 per day. 6) The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) does not recognize the Metropolitan District as an entity responsible for compliance under the Municipal Stormwater Program provisions of the Clean Water Act. 7) City enforcement of the provisions of the Phase 2, MS4 program also covers citywide post-construction inspections to ensure maintenance of all facilities, including facilities maintained by South Beebe Draw Metropolitan District. 8) City responsibility does not end at the boundaries of the District but also include the portions of the Beebe Draw Basin receiving the discharge of stormwater from the Metropolitan District facilities. 9) Prior to the separate listing of the Storm Drainage Maintenance Fee on the utility bill, the City’s Wastewater Fund was supporting the costs of the Phase 2 MS4 program with users fees for wastewater collection and treatment. 10) Increased costs of wastewater service and increased requirements from the State for compliance under our NPDES Permit supported the City Council decision to create a separate Storm Drainage Maintenance Fee and Stormwater Fund to account for expenses related to this unfunded Federal mandate.
If you have questions, please call the District’s Management Office at (303) 265-7949 or email firstname.lastname@example.org directly.
Report any clogged storm drains to the City of Brighton Stormwater Division at (303) 655-2120.The Stormwater Division will contact the responsible entity (HOA, CDOT, Beebe Draw Metro District, Commercial property manager, City of Brighton Maintenance Division, etc).