Stormwater management consent decree between city
He also said that while there has been progress made in a short period of time, "the city has considerable work yet to do."
The city will purchase and operate vessels in 2015 that will address the flow of litter in its waterways. The litter boats will be maintained and operated by the city, which also must maintain records of Reebok Easytone the amount of trash collected by each and disposal methods.
At the time, the City Council was struggling with whether to approve former Mayor Sam Jones' recommendation of The Mobile Group to monitor the city's stormwater program required by the federal Clean Water Act.
alleged by ADEM last year.
Scott Hughes, spokesman with ADEM, said the agreement represents a compromise "acceptable to both parties where neither party got everything it desired."
The decree requires the city to do the following:
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The city must maintain a litter trap on a tributary to Dog River. The council, in May, approved an $18,000 purchase of a vacant lot at 2274 McVay Drive that will be used as a staging ground and access point for a new litter trap that will be installed in the coming months. The Dog River Clearwater Revival organization entered into a contract with the city last year to help purchase a new litter trap.
"From ADEM's standpoint, the agreement does achieve a clear path to compliance with Mobile's stormwater permit and levies a penalty for past failures to comply that will encourage future compliance," Hughes said. "The Department believes both those seeking to protect the area's valuable water resources and those making sure the city's financial resources are used wisely will be pleased with the settlement."
The decree resolves ADEM's allegations before Mobile County court that the city failed to meet a series of obligations under its 2012 stormwater management plan. Court records show that $300,000 of the potential fine would have been payable to the Pollution Control Grant Fund that is distributed to ADEM for the "removal of trash, debris, and litter from waters" and $175,000 payable to ADEM.
A new stormwater management plan will need to be approved this year that replaces and supersedes one that was agreed upon in December 2012.
The agreed upon decree will likely be discussed when the Mobile City Council's Public Services Committee meets Tuesday to discuss the city's stormwater management program.
The Stimpson administration, through a news release, noted that the fine was considerably smaller than the $475,000 punishment the Alabama Department of Environmental Management wanted a judge to levy against the city in May 2013 for failing to comply with an order to manage its stormwater management program.
new stormwater management plan.
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The city is to pay $45,000 within 45 days, another $45,000 by March 31, 2015, and a final $45,000 payment by Oct. 31, 2015.
"Mobile was described as a poster child for mismanagement of stormwater runoff, which is a major problem when you consider we're one of the rainiest cities in America," Stimpson said. "Our citizens deserve better. Our goal is to become a national model for great stormwater management, and this agreement is an important milestone on that path."
MOBILE, Alabama Calling it a "landmark agreement," Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson applauded Monday a consent decree the city entered into with state environmental regulators that assesses the city a $135,000 fine and a mandate that it follow a Saucony Boston Public Gardens
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