Fair Fees for Stormwater

Environment Hamilton has begun outreach to have Hamilton introduce a new fair fee for stormwater in our city - but we can't do it without your support. Read and sign the petition below!

More information can be found on our website here.

Dear Mayor Eisenberger and City Council,


I am calling on you to address the rising costs and risk of stormwater management in the City of Hamilton by listening to staff recommendations to reevaluate how we, as a city, pay for the costs of our stormwater management system.  As it stands now, households pay for rising stormwater management costs primarily through our water bills. Property owners contributing the most to stormwater runoff which strains our system, pollutes our environment and degrades our infrastructure pay little or none of the costs of dealing with the problem. This approach to stormwater fees has resulted in an underfunded system. Residents don’t see how much we are paying and why. I want fair fees for Hamilton to provide:


1. Transparency (see what we’re paying for)

2. Equity (everyone pays their fair share)

3. Sustainability (city can reliably fund and prepare for the future)

4. Incentives (encourage people to do better, reward those who do)

5. Stewardship (protecting environment and water quality)

I urge you to support Environment Hamilton’s call to adopt a fair stormwater fee system, following the lead of other Ontario municipalities.

Who's signing

312 signatures

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  • signed 2016-06-21 11:50:00 -0400
  • signed via 2016-06-20 23:42:56 -0400
  • signed 2016-06-20 20:58:05 -0400
    Large impervious surfaces cause excessive runoff after major rainstorms, so it only makes sense that anyone with large impervious surfaces on their property should contribute towards paying for the costs related to this problem.
  • signed via 2016-06-20 16:01:23 -0400
  • signed via 2016-06-20 13:27:25 -0400
  • signed 2016-06-20 11:51:42 -0400
    I think that those who divert rain run-off into rain barrels should be positively recognized and those whose impervious surfaces contribute to greater run-off should be penalized to such an extent that they will recognize the financial benefits of rectifying the situation .
  • signed 2016-06-20 10:33:45 -0400
    Incentives need to be directed beyond just those who anxious to do what’s right, to those properties that reflect a destructive resistance to change.
  • signed via 2016-06-19 23:29:30 -0400
  • signed 2016-06-16 15:32:56 -0400
  • signed via 2016-06-15 20:16:39 -0400
    Katherine Joss
  • @cyachouh tweeted link to this page. 2016-06-15 15:20:55 -0400
  • signed 2016-06-15 15:20:35 -0400
    Christine Yachouh
  • signed 2016-06-15 11:09:04 -0400
  • signed via 2016-06-14 14:37:41 -0400
    Thanks for raising the issue and inviting me to add my signature.
  • signed via 2016-06-14 12:59:27 -0400
  • signed via 2016-06-14 10:01:35 -0400
    As a Ward 1 resident who is paying some of the highest taxes in Hamilton for a relatively small piece of property; plus paying sewage fees based on water intake some of which is used for watering the garden ( that my rain barrel can not accommodate) and does not go back to the sewers, it is very disturbing that large business are exempt from paying their fair share of the sewage fees. City elected officials need to do the right thing for those of us who have elected them and put our faith in their judgement.
  • signed 2016-06-13 13:45:45 -0400
  • signed 2016-06-13 13:43:07 -0400
    Rita Chimienti
  • signed 2016-06-13 12:33:43 -0400
  • signed 2016-06-13 12:18:47 -0400
    Greg Reader
  • signed via 2016-06-12 15:36:31 -0400
  • signed via 2016-06-12 14:24:20 -0400
  • posted about this on Facebook 2016-06-12 00:59:14 -0400
    Sign the petition: Fair Fees for Stormwater
  • signed 2016-06-11 22:28:58 -0400
    Tired for paying for others


    Try to get away with it its called stealing..Bill
  • signed 2016-06-11 20:02:58 -0400
  • signed 2016-06-11 17:49:22 -0400
  • signed 2016-06-11 12:39:49 -0400
    Sandi Mugford says, I planted more than 26 trees on my small city lot. With the demise of the street Ash trees, I am now caring for an ornamental pear, which I requested from forestry (thank you). However I am being penalized for planting, maintaining and improving the enviornment in the area of the city that needs it most…down here by big steel and smoke. Why should I have to pay double for water that is going into the ground, maintaining greenspace and improving local air quality. Please remind yourself why this matters.
  • signed 2016-06-10 16:07:43 -0400
  • signed 2016-06-10 09:46:45 -0400
    Rebalancing the fee structure is the logical first step in order to encourage more thought being put to better land use, the long-term sustainability of our city infrastructure and it’s funding sources.
  • signed 2016-06-09 22:33:10 -0400
    Christopher Eckart



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