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The City Council finds that this chapter is necessary in order to promote the public health, safety, and welfare by providing for the comprehensive management of surface and stormwaters, erosion control, and flooding. The Council also finds that this chapter is necessary in order to minimize water quality degradation; to prevent flood damage, siltation, and habitat destruction in the City’s creeks, streams, and other water bodies; to protect property owners adjacent to developing land from increased runoff rates which could cause stream erosion and damage to public and private property; to promote sound development and redevelopment policies which respect and preserve the City’s watercourses and aquatic habitat; to promote low impact development strategies that reduce impervious surface and stormwater runoff; to ensure the safety of City streets and rights-of-way; and to prevent water quality degradation and promote ground water recharge through the implementation of comprehensive and thorough permit review, construction inspection, enforcement, and maintenance programs, in order to promote the effectiveness of the requirements contained in this chapter.

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