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Strategies for Airports to Reduce Local Stormwater Utility Fees (2018)

Chapter: Introduction - How to Use This Guidebook

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Suggested Citation:"Introduction - How to Use This Guidebook." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2018. Strategies for Airports to Reduce Local Stormwater Utility Fees. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25320.
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Suggested Citation:"Introduction - How to Use This Guidebook." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2018. Strategies for Airports to Reduce Local Stormwater Utility Fees. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25320.
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1 This guidebook was developed to inform airport decision makers and other airport staff about stormwater utility financing and strategies to manage stormwater fees at airports. It is intended to equip airport decision makers and practitioners with the information they need to identify, evaluate, and implement the most appropriate strategies for managing stormwater fees. The best options for managing stormwater fees will vary depending on airport size and type, governance, impervious surface, and the policies associated with local stormwater management. This guidebook aims to provide guidance relevant to all airports; different portions of this guidebook may be applicable to airports depending on their familiarity and experiences with stormwater utilities. In Chapter 1, readers will gain background information on stormwater utilities, their purpose, structure, applicability to airports, and related aspects of the regulatory framework. Airports that are not yet paying stormwater fees and want to be prepared for an eventual stormwater utility will find specific guidance in Chapter 2. Airports that are currently paying stormwater fees and would like to understand strategies for effective management of fees will find specific guidance in Chapter 3. Information, however, in both Chapters 2 and 3 may be of interest to all readers. A series of practical aids is provided in the appendices to help airports effectively track infor- mation and use the strategies discussed in Chapters 2 and 3. Guidance is illustrated throughout the guidebook, particularly in the Case Studies, through the experiences of 14 airports pay- ing stormwater fees that participated in this project through interviews, focus groups, and case studies. The discussions with these airports illustrated a wide variety of airport experiences with stormwater fees. These 14 participating airports represented different airport sizes, geographies, and experiences, although this data cannot be used to quantitatively extrapolate the prevalence of certain mitigation approaches across the United States. Figure 1 summarizes the structure of the guidebook and the types of information that can be found in each section. I N T R O D U C T I O N How to Use This Guidebook

2 Strategies for Airports to Reduce Local Stormwater Utility Fees Figure 1. Layout of guidebook.

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TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Research Report 193: Strategies for Airports to Reduce Local Stormwater Utility Fees offers airports guidance in managing the stormwater-related utility fees that many local governments charge to help finance their capital and operating expenses. U.S. airports are experiencing a trend of local governments charging and increasing fees to operate and maintain stormwater infrastructure. These trends are having a growing impact on airport budgets. This report identifies, evaluates, and implements strategies for managing stormwater fees based on each agency's unique situation.

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