Section 12A-231 Purpose and findings.

    (a)    Stream buffers provide numerous benefits including:

    (1)        Restoring and maintaining the chemical, physical and biological integrity of streams;

    (2)        Removing pollutants delivered in urban storm water;

    (3)        Reducing erosion and controlling sedimentation;

    (4)        Stabilizing stream banks;

    (5)        Providing infiltration of storm water runoff;
    
    (6)        Maintaining base flow of streams;

    (7)        Contributing organic matter needed by the aquatic ecosystem for food and energy;

    (8)        Providing tree canopy to shade streams and promote desirable aquatic organisms;

    (9)        Providing riparian wildlife habitat;

    (10)    Furnishing scenic value and recreational opportunity;

    (11)    Protecting the public from flooding, property damage and loss; and

    (12)    Providing sustainable, natural vegetation.

    (b)    The purpose of this article is to protect streams in the city by establishing minimum stream buffer requirements .

(Ord. No. 19343, § 1, 1-2-07)


(Ord. 19343, Added, 01/02/2007)