Feb 20 2008

As noted by Commissioner Walker below, the ordinance submitted to County Commission in 2004 has the following:

Section 9. General criteria, sub-section S:

S. Vegetative buffer. An undisturbed vegetative buffer of a minimum of twenty-five (25) feet (as measured from the top-of-bank) shall be maintained adjacent to all free-flowing state waters. For bodies of water such as ponds, lakes, etc., an undisturbed vegetative barrier of at least twenty-five (25) feet shall be maintained.

Do I recall correctly that the new ordinance will have only a 5 foot buffer (reduced from 60 in the initial draft)? If so, is the County going backwards in terms of water quality regulations?

state vs. county

The state law still supersedes county law and state stipulates 60 and 35 depending on the quality of the stream.

What passed in 2005 stipulated 25 feet perpetual/permanent non-disturbed barrier.

"I think it would be a good idea."
-Mahatma Gandhi, when asked what he thought of Western civilization

Whhhisshhhh! Sound of that going over my head

25 feet perpetual/permanent non-disturbed barrier.

I wish I was smart enough to figure that out. But I'm not.

If the current reg was extended from 25ft to 35ft, would it meet state requirements?

Stream Buffers

Whatever happened to the Universally accepted 100 foot buffer of the 1970s??

Trees and shrubs from the bank berm landward for 50ft and shrubs and grasses for the next 50ft

Less than a 65' mixed vegetaton buffer on slopes greater than +1% dosen't do much.

And someone mentioned a 5 foot buffer?? How does that work??


How does 5 foot buffer work?

Check out page 30 of this month's commission packet, Mapperman. This will be voted on tomorrow night. (Thursday.)

"I think it would be a good idea."
-Mahatma Gandhi, when asked what he thought of Western civilization

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