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(A) The Clean Water Act (CWA), EPA, and KYDOW established Phase II regulations and mandated erosion protection and sediment control procedures for land disturbance activity and site work construction in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
(B) During the construction process, soil is highly vulnerable to erosion by wind and water. Eroded soil endangers water resources by reducing water quality and causing the siltation of aquatic habitat for fish and other desirable species. Eroded soil also necessitates repair of sewers, ditches, sinkholes, and drywells. Streets and roads with sediment deposits are slick and hazardous to the public. In addition, clearing and grading during construction cause the loss of native vegetation necessary for terrestrial and aquatic habitat.
(C) As a result, the purpose of this local regulation is to safeguard persons, protect property, and prevent damage to the environment in the City of Ashland. This chapter will also promote the public welfare by guiding, regulating, and controlling the design, construction, use, and maintenance of any development or other activity that disturbs or breaks the topsoil or results in the movement of earth of land in the City of Ashland.
(Ord. 39-2005, passed 3-17-05)