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(A) Stormwater management practices minimize runoff and increase infiltration which recharges groundwater and improves water quality. Implementing stormwater best management practices into the landscape and grading design plans to minimize runoff and to increase on site rainwater retention and infiltration are encouraged.
(B) Project applicants shall refer to the city of Placerville "Design And Construction Standards Manual".
(C) All planted landscape areas are required to have friable soil to maximize water retention and infiltration. Refer to section 10-6-5 of this chapter.
(D) It is strongly recommended that all landscape areas be designed for capture and infiltration capacity that is sufficient to prevent runoff from impervious surfaces (i.e., roof and paved areas) from either: 1) the 1-inch, 24-hour rain event or 2) the 85th percentile, 24-hour rain event, and/or additional capacity as required by any applicable local, regional, state or federal regulation. See the city of Placerville design and construction standards for the required hydraulic sizing criteria that apply to projects that create or replace more than five thousand (5,000) square feet of impervious surfaces.
(E) It is recommended that stormwater projects incorporate any of the following elements to improve on site stormwater and dry weather runoff capture and use:
1. Grade impervious surfaces, such as driveways, during construction to drain to vegetated areas.
2. Minimize the area of impervious surfaces such as paved areas, roof and concrete driveways.
3. Incorporate pervious or porous surfaces (e.g., gravel, permeable pavers or blocks, pervious or porous concrete) that minimize runoff.
4. Direct runoff from paved surfaces and roof areas into planting beds or landscaped areas to maximize site water capture and reuse.
5. Incorporate rain gardens, cisterns, and other rain harvesting or catchment systems.
6. Incorporate infiltration beds, swales, basins and drywells to capture stormwater and dry weather runoff and increase percolation into the soil.
7. Consider constructed wetlands and ponds that retain water, equalize excess flow, and filter pollutants. (Ord. 1675, 11-24-2015)