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Water

Preserve and restore natural hydrologic features and their functions; provide opportunities for people to experience and connect with natural water features; reduce the impact of urbanization on stormwater quality and quantity; ensure the safety and security of the community?s water supply; and ensure that water supply and demand is balanced and sustainable both for the community?s long-term needs and in consideration of potential climate change impacts.

Objectives:

  1. Base stormwater management plans on the characteristics of each watershed.
  2. Prevent damage to aquatic ecosystems (rivers, streams, lakes, wetlands, and springs or seeps) resulting from development practices or from changes in hydrology as a result of development. Restore aquatic systems where feasible.
  3. Improve water quality in the metropolitan area?s rivers, lakes, streams, and wetlands to meet or exceed state and federal regulations.
  4. Minimize the potential for flooding as well as the potential cost of damage and loss of life in case of flooding. Control stormwater volumes that contribute to flooding, and prevent or reduce development within the floodplain.
  5. Minimize the demand for water supply by promoting and adopting conservation measures.
 
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