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A. Purpose: It is the purpose of this chapter to:

1. Protect, maintain, and enhance the environment of the city of St. George.

2. Establish responsibilities for controlling and managing storm water runoff.

3. Protect the public health, safety and the general welfare of the city and its inhabitants by controlling discharges of pollutants to the city’s storm water facilities and to maintain and improve the quality of the receiving waters into which the storm water outfalls flow, including, but not limited to, lakes, rivers, streams, ponds, wetlands, and groundwater of the city.

4. Enable the city to comply with the most current National Pollution Discharge Elimination System permit (NPDES) and applicable regulations, 40 CFR section 122.26 for storm water discharges and the state of Utah, Department of Environmental Quality, Utah Pollution Discharge Elimination System (UPDES) storm water general permits which include: general storm water permit for construction activity connected with single-lot housing projects; general permit for storm water discharges from construction activities; and general permit for discharges from small municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4s).

5. Allow the city to exercise the powers granted by Utah code, which provides that, among other powers municipalities have with respect to storm water facilities, the power by ordinance or resolution to:

a. Exercise general regulation over the planning, location, construction, operation and maintenance of storm water facilities in the municipality, whether or not owned and operated by the municipality;

b. Adopt any rules and regulations deemed necessary to accomplish the purposes of this chapter, including the adoption of a system of fees for services and permits;

c. Establish standards to regulate the quantity of storm water discharged and to regulate storm water contaminants as may be necessary to protect water quality;

d. Review and approve plans and plats for storm water management in proposed subdivisions or commercial developments;

e. Issue permits for storm water discharges, or for the construction, alteration, extension, or repair of storm water facilities;

f. Suspend or revoke permits when it is determined that the permittee has violated any applicable ordinance, resolution, or condition of the permit;

g. Regulate and prohibit discharges into storm water facilities of sanitary, industrial, or commercial sewage or waters that have otherwise been contaminated;

h. Expend funds to remediate or mitigate the detrimental effects of contaminated land or other sources of storm water contamination, whether public or private; and

i. Establish a viable and fair method of financing the construction, operation and maintenance of the storm water facilities.

B. Administering Entity: The city of St. George shall administer the provisions of this chapter. Nothing in this chapter shall relieve any person from responsibility for damage to other persons or property, nor impose upon the city of St. George, its officers, agents or employees, any liability for damage to other persons or property. (Ord. 2015-11-006, 11-19-2015; amd. Ord. 2020-01-003 § 2, 1-9-2020; Ord. 2020-08-004 §§ 1, 2, 8-6-2020)