§ 154.511 DEFINITIONS.
   In addition to those terms defined in § 154.002, the following terms are hereby defined as follows for purposed of implementing this section: 
   DAMAGED OR DISEASED TREES.  Trees that have split trunks; broken tops; heart rot; insect or fungus problems that will lead to imminent death; undercut root systems that put the tree in imminent danger of falling; lean as a result root failure that puts the tree in imminent danger of falling; or any other condition that puts the tree in imminent danger of being uprooted or falling into or along a watercourse or on to a structure.
   DESIGNATED WATERCOURSE. A watercourse that is contained within, flows through, or borders the city and meets the criteria set forth in § 154.513.
   FEMA.  The Federal Emergency Management Agency, which is the federal agency with overall responsibility for administering the National Flood Insurance Program.
   MEDINA COUNTY SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT (SWCS). The entity organized under R.C. Chapter 1515 referring to either the Soil and Water Conservation District Board or its designated employees with jurisdiction over lands within the County of Medina.
   OEPA.  The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.  Sometimes referred to as Ohio EPA. 
   ORDINARY HIGH WATER MARK.  The point of the stream bank to which the presence and action of surface water is so continuous as to leave an area marked by erosion, destruction, or prevention of woody terrestrial vegetation, predominance of aquatic vegetation, or other easily recognized characteristic.  The ORDINARY HIGH WATER MARK defines the bed of a watercourse.
   QUALIFIED WETLANDS PROFESSIONAL.  Any competent person or organization whose wetland delineations are accepted and approved by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Ohio EPA. 
   RIPARIAN AREA.  Naturally vegetated land adjacent to watercourses that, if appropriately sized, helps to stabilize stream banks, limit erosion, reduce flood size flows, and/or filter and settle out runoff pollutants, or performs other functions consistent with the purposes of this regulation.
   RIPARIAN ZONE.  Those lands within a riparian area of the city defined by the criteria set forth in § 154.512(B).
   SOIL-DISTURBING ACTIVITY.  Clearing, grading, excavating, filling, dumping, grubbing, stripping, or other alteration of the earth's surface where natural or human-made ground cover is destroyed and which may result in, or contribute to, erosion and sediment pollution.
   UNITED STATES ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS (USCOE). The federal agency with jurisdictional authority over the wetlands within the city.
   WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT (WWTP).  A facility at the end of the sanitary collection system which processes the influent waste, and discharges water to a receiving system, treated to the standards of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA).
   WATERCOURSE.  Any brook, creek, river or stream or other channel having defined bed and banks; within which concentrated water flows continuously or intermittently.
   WATERCOURSE BED.  The area between the ordinary high water marks on either side of a watercourse.
   WETLAND.  Hydric soils or other areas that are inundated or saturated by surface or ground water at a frequency and duration sufficient to support, and that under normal circumstances do support, a prevalence of vegetation typically adapted for life in saturated soil conditions.  WETLANDS include swamps, marshes, bogs, and similar areas as defined in 40 C.F.R. 232, as amended.  For the purposes of this regulation, a WETLAND shall be considered a riparian area.
   100-YEAR FLOODPLAIN.  Any land susceptible to being inundated by water from a base flood.  The BASE FLOOD is the flood that has a 1% or greater chance of being equaled or exceeded in any given year.  The 100-YEAR FLOODPLAIN shall be defined by the Federal Emergency Management Agency's maps for the city.
(Ord. 08-028, passed 6-3-08)