Lake Stormwater Phosphorus Compensation Fee Program
Development projects subject to the Maine Stormwater Management Law located in eligible lake watersheds may satisfy permit requirements for phosphorus reduction by paying a compensation fee into a Lakes Stormwater Phosphorus Compensation Fund for that same eligible lake watershed. The development project needs to be designed to provide at least 60% reduction in off-site export of phosphorus required by the permit. The fee rate is $25,000 per pound of phosphorus.
Compensation fund monies are used to implement Stormwater Compensation Projects reduce phosphorus export from existing high phosphorus export land uses in the lake watershed.
DEP authorized 7 entities (listed below) to serve as Stormwater Compensation Fee Administrators (SAs) to receive compensation fees from developers and use the monies to develop and implement Stormwater Compensation Projects within their respective service areas. DEP receives and manages any fees collected for lakes outside of the service areas of the SAs.
- Androscoggin Valley Soil & Water Conservation District
- Cumberland County Soil & Water Conservation District
- Cobbossee Watershed District
- Kennebec County Soil & Water Conservation District
- Lakes Environmental Association
- Penobscot County Soil & Water Conservation District
- York County Soil & Water Conservation District
- Lake Stormwater Phosphorus Compensation Fee Option: Procedures and Limitations (August 20, 2010) describes the compensation fee option and lists eligible lakes.
- Lake Stormwater Compensation Fee Program: General Guidance (October 2012), provides guidance for Stormwater Administrators on management and use of funds to develop and implement Stormwater Compensation Projects.
For more information contact:
Wendy Garland 207-615-2451
Division of Environmental Assessment, Bureau of Land & Water Quality