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A. Wetlands perform numerous important functions, including but not limited to provision of wildlife and fish habitat, water quality enhancement, flood and erosion control, ground water recharge and discharge, shoreline stabilization, research and education opportunity, and recreation. Protection of these systems is necessary to protect the public health, safety, and general welfare.

B. To achieve the goal of “no net loss” of wetland functions and values within the City, the regulations of this chapter are intended to discourage or prohibit:

1. Activities that block water flows, or damage or destroy flood storage areas or storm barriers, thereby resulting in greater potential flood damages;

2. Disposal of wastewater or solid wastes, or creation of unstable fills inappropriate to the function of wetlands, which may result in water pollution;

3. Application of pesticides, herbicides and algaecides on wetlands unless warranted to protect the ecological functions of the wetland;

4. Activities that limit the function of a wetland to control erosion or runoff; provide water storage; or provide wildlife breeding, spawning, nesting, wintering, or feeding grounds;

5. Activities that detract from a wetland’s value in providing educational experiences, recreational uses, and/or open space.