Stormwater Management and Utility Planning

Academic Year 
2014-2015
College/Department 
School of Urban & Regional Planning
Project Partner 

Since the 2010 Decorah We Can study completed by the City of Decorah and the University of Iowa School of Urban and Regional Planning, the community has sought to understand and implement the storm water management policies recommended in the study. Decorah now desires to study the costs of implementing a storm water utility, understand possible barriers to its implementation, and evaluate and prioritize the potential storm water projects that could be financed with its revenues. Graduate students in the School of Urban and Regional Planning researched models of financing, established a budget for the stormwater utility, and developed a list of priority stormwater management projects based on their projected budgets and impacts to water quality and quantity in the community. Students collaborated with Jodi Enos-Berlage, Professor of Biology at Luther College in Decorah, to learn more about water runoff and quality.