(A)   Erosion and resultant sedimentation problems are caused from rainfall and runoff over unprotected soil. Erosion is increased by intense rainfalls, long slopes, steep slopes, and lack of adequate vegetative cover. These conditions are in part caused by or aggravated by improper construction, grading, or excavation which results in removal of natural ground cover without taking appropriate steps to control erosion problems.
   (B)   It is hereby determined that unnecessary soil erosion and sedimentation necessitates costly repairs and maintenance of storm sewers, gutters, and other public works, reduces the clarity of public water, increases the costs of providing pure drinking water, and reduces the attractiveness and safety of water-oriented recreation facilities; that the public health, safety and welfare requires regulation of land balancing, development and construction activities to avoid unnecessary soil erosion; and that the regulations contained in this chapter are the minimum regulations which will help avoid the consequences herein set forth and protect the public health, safety and welfare.
(Ord. 101-1986, passed 10-7-86)