961.01 PURPOSES.
   The purpose of this chapter is to provide for the health, safety and general welfare of the citizens through the regulation of storm water discharges in the City of Canton. This chapter seeks to meet that purpose through the following objectives:
   (a)   To enable the City of Canton to comply with the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Storm Water Program requirements and other applicable federal and state regulations.
   (b)   To facilitate compliance by owners of construction sites, developments and permanent storm water management systems within the City of Canton with federal and state standards and permits.
   (c)   To protect the safety and welfare of citizens, property owners, and businesses by minimizing the negative impacts of increased storm water discharges from new land development and redevelopment.
   (d)   To control the rate, volume and quality of storm water runoff originating from development and redevelopment sites so that surface water, groundwater, and properties are protected and flooding and erosion potential are not increased.
   (e)   To inhibit the deterioration of water resources resulting from development.
   (f)   To control non-point source pollution and stream channel erosion.
   (g)   To maintain the integrity of stream channels and networks for their biological functions, drainage, and natural recharge of groundwater.
   (h)   To protect the condition of state (and U.S.) waters for all reasonable public uses and ecological functions.
   (i)   To provide long-term responsibility for and maintenance of storm water management systems.
   (j)   To facilitate the integration of storm water management and pollution control with other ordinances, programs, policies and the comprehensive plan of the City of Canton.
   (k)   To regulate the contribution of pollutants to the municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4) by storm water discharges from development and redevelopment activities.
   (l)   To prohibit illicit and unauthorized discharges and illegal connections to the MS4 and establish respective enforcement provisions.
   (m)   To establish legal authority to carry out all the inspection and monitoring procedures necessary to ensure compliance with this chapter.
      (Ord. 200-2009. Passed 10-5-09.)