Meeting to focus on funding stormwater committee

A public meeting will be held at 2 p.m. Monday to discuss future funding for the Intergovernmental Stormwater Committee.

A group of 11 governing bodies — 10 municipalities and Blair County — created the committee almost two years ago to work jointly on efforts to reduce stormwater pollution through December. Subsequent efforts will depend on decisions made in the next few months by the governing bodies.

At Monday’s public meeting at the Logan Township Municipal Building, the ISC members are going to talk about the group’s future and how to finance its future, Blair County Conservation District Director Donna Fisher said.

When the ISC met in May, a subcommittee reported that it will take $6.2 million over five years to comply with state stormwater requirements and meet an annual goal of removing 1.4 million pounds of sediment from Blair County streams. That report calculated the financial obligation, based on a formula that considered population, impaired streams and impervious areas, as ranging between a low of $35,000 for county government to a high of $2.3 million for the City of Altoona.

Local governing bodies not part of the ISC are responsible for developing their own plans to meet the state’s stormwater reduction requirements, Blair County Administrator Helen Schmitt said.

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