Augusta city leaders are expected to consider a new stormwater fee aimed at preventing flooding from heavy rains that sent untreated sewage into waterways and damaged homes in the city. Augusta commissioners are expected to discuss the new fee on Monday.
Some communities downstream of Atlanta are concerned about a recent decision to give the city 13 more years to finish court-ordered sewer upgrades. Atlanta has spent $1.5 billion dollars since 1999 on projects to prevent sewage overflows into rivers and streams. Originally, the work had to be done in 2014.