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(A) It is hereby determined that:
(1) Land development projects and associated increases in impervious cover alter the hydrologic response of local watersheds, and increase storm water runoff rates and volumes, flooding, stream channel erosion, and sediment transport and deposition;
(2) This storm water runoff contributes to increased quantities of water-borne pollutants; and
(3) Storm water runoff, soil erosion and non-point source pollution can be controlled and minimized through the regulation of storm water runoff from development sites.
(B) (1) Therefore, the town establishes this set of water quality and quantity policies, applicable to all surface waters, to provide reasonable guidance for the regulation of storm water runoff to protect local water resources from degradation.
(2) It is determined that the regulation of storm water runoff discharges from land development projects and other construction activities, in order to control and minimize increases in storm water runoff rates and volumes, soil erosion, stream channel erosion, and non-point source pollution associated with storm water runoff, is in the public interest and will prevent threats to public health and safety.
(Ord. 0504, passed 12-12-05)