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(A) The purpose of this chapter is to protect and promote the health, safety and general welfare of the citizens of the city by controlling non-storm water discharges to the storm water conveyance system from spills, dumping, or disposal of materials other than storm water, and by reducing pollutants in urban storm water discharges to the maximum extent practicable.
(B) This chapter is intended to assist in the protection and enhancement of the water quality of watercourses, water bodies, and wetlands in a manner pursuant to and consistent with the Federal Clean Water Act (33 U.S.C. §§ 1251 et seq.) by reducing pollutants in storm water discharges to the maximum extent practicable and by prohibiting non-storm water discharges into the storm drain system.
(C) The scope provides for the control and regulation of discharges to the MS4 and receiving waters, through a program of education and enforcement of general and specific prohibitions and requirements. This chapter applies to all dischargers and places of discharge located within the city that discharge storm water or non-storm water into any MS4 or receiving waters. Through a program employing watershed-based approaches that balance environmental and economic considerations, the city seeks to protect and promote the public health, safety, and general welfare of its citizens with the implementation of the following objectives:
(1) To comply with all federal and state laws, lawful standards, and orders applicable to storm water and urban runoff pollution control;
(2) To prohibit and reasonably control any discharge that may interfere with the operation of, or cause any damage to the MS4, or impair the beneficial uses of the receiving waters;
(3) To prohibit illicit discharges to the MS4;
(4) Reduce storm water runoff rates and volumes, soil erosion and non-point source pollution wherever feasible, through storm water management controls and to ensure that these management controls are properly maintained;
(5) To reduce pollutants in storm water and urban runoff;
(6) To reduce unauthorized non-storm water discharges to the MS4 to the maximum extent practicable;
(7) To develop and implement effective educational outreach programs designed to educate the public on issues of storm water and urban runoff pollution;
(8) To establish adequate legal authority to carry out all inspection, surveillance and monitoring, or other procedures necessary to ensure compliance with this chapter.
(Ord. 2006-002, passed 3-13-06; Am. Ord. 2015-012, passed 6-23-15)