(a)   Every person owning property through which a water course passes, or such person's lessee, shall keep and maintain that part of the water course within the property free of trash, debris, and other obstacles that would pollute, contaminate or retard the flow of water through the water course. This obligation shall not extend to obstacles created by non man-made activities, events, or Furbearers, including but not limited to beavers, otters, and muskrat.  In addition, the owner or lessee shall maintain existing privately-owned structures within or adjacent to a water course so that such structures will not become a hazard to the use, function, or physical integrity of the water course.
   (b)   A person who violates this section is responsible for a Class C municipal civil infraction and the fines set forth at Section 202.98.
(Ord. 04-08.  Passed 3-18-08; Ord. 16-2019.  Passed 12-17-19.)