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

329 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Adrian Hodgson
    signed 2016-11-01 15:53:58 -0400
    If we all get off the storm sewer grid we (the true owners of the city corp.) will save a lot of money and the land will be a lot more fertile and the marsh, bay and lake will be in much better health. We must now realize that we can no longer plan our settlements to exceed the land’s capacity to absorb the rains and so then allowing it to cycle, fractal and filter at every bio-geological level.
  • Susan Davis
    signed 2016-11-01 14:45:34 -0400
    Water in the ground is the keystone of sustainable green infrastructure, climate mediation – runoff needs to be eliminated.
  • Tom Lowden Lowden
    signed 2016-11-01 13:45:26 -0400
    I happen to live in a location that is not likely to flood but I do understand the problem of paving over large tracts of land. Urban spread and the roads required are a major probem as are the increased.parking lots required by suburban sprawl. City intensification is really important. The city should do all it canto resist the speculators effort to expand boundairies.
  • Valerie Cousens
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-11-01 13:28:00 -0400
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  • Valerie Cousens
    @agreendress tweeted link to this page. 2016-11-01 13:27:57 -0400
  • Stephanie Robinson
    signed 2016-11-01 11:16:28 -0400
    The RHVP is one of the biggest scars on the land and interrupter of natural drainage. Too much reverence for the automobile is killing the extraordinary beauty of our city’’s area. The only way to encourage everyone to think about water and pollutants and runoff, it seems, is by way of money. (That thing we love but that we cannot eat or drink). Therefore I fully support all work to create transparency and reward those who are doing the most to protect our water resources.
  • natalie czapla
    signed via 2016-11-01 11:07:52 -0400
    natalie czapla
  • Dana Boyter
    signed 2016-11-01 11:02:07 -0400
  • Paul Raun
    signed 2016-11-01 10:54:49 -0400
  • Sarah Prior
    signed 2016-11-01 10:48:59 -0400
  • Kate Whalen
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-11-01 10:19:24 -0400
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  • Kate Whalen
    signed 2016-11-01 10:18:52 -0400
  • Donna Reid
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-10-30 21:36:42 -0400
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  • Donna Reid
    signed 2016-10-30 21:36:05 -0400
  • Kerry Bear
    signed 2016-10-30 14:31:41 -0400
  • Daniel Jelly
    signed 2016-10-30 13:04:58 -0400
    Subsidizing the cost of treating stormwater runoff is ridiculous considering that its subsidizing businesses that are low jobs-per-acre so they can offer vast tracts of free parking. That free parking in turn threatens the viability of small, local businesses that do more for the local economy in terms of jobs per acre and keeping local dollars local.
  • Steve Sauve
    signed 2016-10-07 09:11:56 -0400
    I want to see Center Mall paying up big time for their concrete wasteland. And I want a rebate for keeping my yard green, and resisting the urge to pave it over so I can park my car.
  • Susan Hearst
    signed 2016-10-07 07:35:46 -0400
  • Julie Michal
    signed 2016-10-06 18:26:25 -0400
  • Dolores Smith
    signed 2016-10-06 17:16:25 -0400
    Dolores Smith
  • Maureen Hayward
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-10-05 07:46:30 -0400
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  • Rebekah Jackson-Gravely
    signed 2016-10-03 20:26:29 -0400
    As much as I don’t want to pay more, I want to do better, and I want to help the City have the funds to be able to manage storm water better.
  • Doreen Stermann
    signed 2016-10-03 19:48:13 -0400
  • Richard Ziegler
    signed 2016-10-03 17:51:35 -0400
  • Edward Harris
    signed 2016-10-03 13:29:58 -0400
  • Bob Berberick
    signed 2016-10-03 13:17:17 -0400
  • Gerry Girard
    signed 2016-10-03 12:14:32 -0400
    Gerry Girard
  • edgardo moreno
    signed 2016-10-03 12:00:46 -0400
  • Elizabeth Seidl
    signed 2016-10-03 10:52:10 -0400
  • Jennifer Kranz
    signed 2016-10-03 10:32:20 -0400