A 20-year plan that will provide flexibility for the city of Columbia to manage wastewater and stormwater is one step closer to final approval.
At Monday night’s meeting, the Columbia City Council unanimously approved the proposed Wastewater and Stormwater Integrated Management Plan, which could cost around $1 billion over 20 years, according to previous Missourian reporting. The plan now moves to the Department of Natural Resources. If the agency approves the plan, it can be officially adopted by the city.
The plan will allow Columbia to create its own infrastructure approach to sewer and stormwater issues and will require utility rate increases over the next 20 years. The plan would also fulfill the necessary federal regulations in addition to addressing issues brought up by the community, namely issues with flooding.
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