A Level of Service (LOS) Analysis for Surface Water Management program needs has been proposed for Kent County as a collaborative project to be shared by the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC), Kent Conservation District (District) and the Kent County Levy Court (County). The LOS Analysis will determine the level and extent of public Services offered in Kent County related to surface water management and to what degree and cost they may be initiated or increased to adequately meet the needs of the rapidly expanding population of Kent County.
The study will provide the framework for a comprehensive plan and financial analysis, incorporating such program elements as those listed below.
· Comprehensive stormwater programs for review, inspection and maintenance of new land development projects countywide.
· Integration of stormwater programs into the county/municipal agency planning process, including review of codes and ordinances.
· Retrofit and source reduction strategies to support promulgated TMDL requirements that address the need to improve water quality from existing land areas not served by stormwater best management practices.
· Maintenance of and improvements to storm drainage infrastructure.
· Tax Ditch management and maintenance.
· Stormwater planning that is integrated with municipal planning.
· Protection and improvement of the non-coastal floodplains of Kent County.
· Watershed modeling for stormwater quantity and quality for priority watersheds and sub-watersheds.
· Public agency response to drainage and flooding concerns, including a prioritization process for small and large Projects.
· Public outreach and public involvement.
· Ability to integrate TMDL requirements for watersheds with approved Pollution Control Strategies.
· Examination and recommendations of funding sources for program needs.
The LOS Analysis will focus on the unincorporated Kent County area under the jurisdiction of Kent County government, and selected incorporated towns and Municipalities interested in pursuing this Level of Service Analysis. The most recent information available will be considered, including the Recommendations of Governor Minner’s Surface Water Management Task Force (2005), the Delaware Public Policy Institute wastewater and Surface Water final report (2006), and the Delaware Clean water Advisory council (“Council”) program strategy.
A consultant will be selected to determine the level and extent of public services offered in Kent County, related to Surface Water Management, and to what degree and cost they may be initiated or increased to adequately meet the needs of the rapidly expanding population of Kent County. A final report with recommendations for a Level of Service Implementation Plan shell be prepared and presented to a joint committee of the District, DNREC, County and municipal officials within six months. The funding for this project will be shared equally among the District, DNREC and the County.