Important Victory for Clean Water

The Ohio Supreme Court ruled today that the Northeast Ohio Sewer District (NEORSD) has the authority to create a program to manage storm water and can assess a fee to implement the plan.

This decision overturns a 2013 ruling by the Ohio Eighth District Court of Appeals which led to the suspension of NEORSD’s Regional Stormwater Management Program.

During heavy rains, storm water flows over impervious surfaces such as roads, parking lots, and roofs into our river, lake and streams. This unfiltered storm water carries trash, pet waste and phosphorous and causes algae growth and high bacteria levels.

This ruling will allow the NEORSD to pursue programs to mitigate the effects of storm water runoff.

UPDATE-

Read more on the decision and next steps on the NEORSD blog.