Lake County Stormwater Ordinance
This project was funded in part under the Coastal ZoneManagement Act, by NOAA’s Office of Ocean and CoastalResources Management, in cooperation with Minnesota’s LakeSuperior Coastal Program.
Article 8.0 Stormwater Management
Subdivision 1. Statutory Authorization and Purpose
This article is adopted pursuant to the authorization and policiescontained in Minnesota Statutes Chapter 394.21.B.
Lake County finds that construction site erosion from land development, landdisturbing activities, and uncontrolled stormwater runoff can have significant adverse impactsupon local and regional water resources diminishing the quality of public health, safety, publicand private property, and natural resources of the County. Specifically, uncontrolled soil erosionand stormwater runoff can:1.
Threaten public health, safety, property, and general welfare by increasing runoff volumesand peak flood flows, overburdening storm sewers, drainageway and other storm waterdrainage systems;2.
Diminish the capacity of lakes and streams to support fish, aquatic life, recreational andwater supply uses by increasing pollutant loadings of suspended solids, nutrients, heavymetals, pathogens and other pollutants;3.
Degrade physical stream habitat by increasing stream bed scour and/or sedimentation,diminishing groundwater recharge, diminishing stream base flows, and increasing streamtemperatures;4.
Lead to levels of flooding by increasing the frequency and levels of flooding; and5.
Alter wetland communities by changing wetland hydrology and negatively impactingwetland functions.C.
The general purpose of this article is to establish regulatory requirements to control oreliminate stormwater pollution, soil erosion and sedimentation in the County. This articleestablishes standards for land development and land disturbing activities aimed at minimizing thethreats to public health, safety, public and private property and natural resources within theCounty, resulting from construction site erosion and post-construction stormwater runoff.Specific purposes are to establish performance standards that will:
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Revisions based upon 04/07/09 comments from County staff