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Continued: Pollution Control Agency's stormwater rules roil Minnesota cities

Neprash, however, said the state is intruding too far into each city’s regulatory business, and requiring them to control water volume even when it doesn’t necessarily make sense.

The cities also objected to the potential costs. Each city will estimate its costs when it submits the water management plan that will be required starting later this year. PCA officials said that the new rules are designed to be flexible and designed to match the demands and capabilities of each city.

Richard Freese, Rochester’s director of public works, said estimates the new permit would cost each Rochester residents about $55 per year. And Rochester’s stormwater utility hasn’t had a rate increase in four years, he said.

Neprash said that cities aren’t trying to get out of managing their stormwater.

“They are just trying to find cheaper ways to do it,” he said.

Josephine Marcotty • 612-673-7394

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