The purpose of the Stormwater Ordinance is to establish minimum Stormwater management requirements and controls to protect and safeguard the general health, safety, and welfare of the pubic residing in watersheds within this jurisdiction. This ordinance seeks to meet that purpose through the following objectives:
- Minimize increases in Stormwater runoff from any development in order to reduce flooding, siltation, and stream bank erosion and maintain the integrity of stream channels.
- Minimize increases in noon point source pollution caused by Stormwater runoff from development that would otherwise degrade local water quality.
- Minimize the total annual volume of surface water runoff that flows from any specific site during and following development to not exceed the predevelopment hydrologic regime in to the maximum extent practicable.
- Reduce Stormwater runoff rates and volumes, soil erosion, and nonpoint source pollution, wherever possible, through Stormwater management controls and to ensure that these management controls are properly maintained and pose no threat to public safety.
- To regulate the contribution of Pollutants to the municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4) by Stormwater discharges by any user.
- To prohibit illicit Connections and Discharges to the municipal separate storm sewer system.
- To establish legal authority to carry out all inspections, surveillance, and monitoring procedures necessary to ensure compliance with this Ordinance.
- Enable DeSoto County to comply with the NPDES Permit and applicable regulations (at 40 CFR 122.32-35) for Stormwater discharges.