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During construction activities, soil is highly vulnerable to erosion by wind and water. This soil poses a serious threat to endangered species and limited water resources, by reducing water quality and causing the siltation of aquatic habitat for fish, aquatic life and native riparian vegetation. Eroded soil also results in the accelerated need to clean storm drains, clear and clean ditches, and dredge lakes and river backwaters. In addition, clearing and grading during construction cause the loss of native vegetation necessary for terrestrial and aquatic habitat and for retarding and reducing stormwater runoff.
(Ord. O2006-38, passed 6-21-06)