Stormwater Utility

A Little bit about the Stormwater Utility

The City of La Crosse Stormwater Utility was established by the Common Council of La Crosse on July 14, 2011. (La Crosse Municipal Code Chapter 23) The Stormwater Utility was created in response to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) mandates associated with the Clean Water Bill and resulted in the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources requiring a permit in order to discharge storm water from the City of La Crosse into the Mississippi (WPDES Permit No. WI-S050075-1). The law also requires the establishment of a stormwater management program to reduce stormwater pollution from any runoff leaving the City’s storm sewers, roads or other conveyances in a manner beyond just capital improvements.

The City chose to create a Stormwater Utility as a means to equitably charge for the mandated improvements. Since stormwater utilities are funded by user fees, all properties within the service area, including tax-exempt and non-profits, are charged based on the runoff each property produces. This spreads the burden of paying for these new costs to all users rather than being paid for entirely by the taxpayers of La Crosse.

Every property owner within the City will be charged a fee on all developed property that has impervious surfaces. Impervious area, or impervious surface, is defined as a surface that has been compacted or covered with a layer of material so that it is highly resistant to infiltration by rainwater. Several examples of impervious surfaces include roofs, sidewalks, parking lots, compacted gravel or dirt surfaces, and other similar surfaces.

Important Links

Billing & Service Related

Water Related

Sewer Related

Stormwater Related


Contact Information

Water, Sanitary Sewer & Stormwater Utility billing and customer services are managed through the La Crosse Utilities Office. Utility payments are not processed in the Utilities Office, and should be taken to the City Treasurer's Office on the 2nd Floor. 

5th Floor
400 La Crosse St 
La Crosse, WI 54601 

Tel:  (608) 789-7536
Fax: (608) 789-7592


Hours:  8:30am - 5:00pm
Monday through Friday, excluding Holidays

Emergency Information

Utility Management Contacts