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POL Government Elected Officials Auditor Griffin-Valade Charter, Code & Policies City Code & Charter Online Code & Charter Title 21 Chapter 21.36 Bull Run Watershed Protection
21.36.050 Bull Run Watershed Protection Policy.

A.   In General.  The primary purpose of City management of City lands and facilities within the Closure Area shall be the continued production of pure, clear, raw, potable water for municipal purposes. Subject to the limitations of Subsection 21.36.050 B, management for other purposes and objectives, such as generation of hydroelectric power, transmission of electric energy or telecommunications, protection of environmental quality and wildlife habitat, conservation education, and scientific inquiry, is allowed, only if such management is consistent with the accomplishment of the primary management purpose, consistent with the special forest protection standards of adjacent federal lands found in the federal Bull Run Management Act, P.L. 95-200, as amended, and performed in compliance with obligations imposed by federal, state, and local law.

 

B.   Specific Land Use Limitations.  City lands in the Closure Area shall not be developed or used for recreational purposes. Except as necessary for protection, enhancement, operation or maintenance of the water supply system and facilities for electric power generation and transmission, City lands shall not be developed or used for residential, industrial or commercial purposes. 

 

C.   Tree Cutting Limitation.  Tree cutting or removal, including salvage, shall not occur on City lands within the Closure Area except for the following purposes:

 

1.  For the protection or enhancement of water quality; or

 

2.  For the protection, enhancement, or maintenance of water quantity for City use; or

 

3.  For the construction, expansion, protection or maintenance of municipal water supply facilities; or

 

4.  For the construction, expansion, protection or maintenance of facilities for the transmission of energy through and over the unit or of hydroelectric facilities or hydroelectric projects associated with municipal water supply facilities.

 

D.  Ownership of Bull Run Land and Infrastructure.   City land and infrastructure within the Bull Run Watershed Closure Area that is integral to the delivery of municipal water shall not be transferred to any private entity.  City land and infrastructure within the Bull Run Watershed Closure Area that is integral to the delivery of municipal water shall not be transferred to any public entity unless the transfer is approved by ordinance passed by City Council. 

 

E.   Public Notice of Bull Run Watershed Activities

 

1.  Each quarter the Water Bureau shall update as necessary and make publicly available a list of ongoing, routine activities conducted or permitted by the Water Bureau involving the presence of persons in the Closure Area. A non-exclusive exemplary list of such activities includes activities to divert, test, and protect water for municipal supply and for hydroelectric power generation, construction and maintenance of facilities, including roads and trails, educational or management tours, and data collection for regulatory or management purposes. At a minimum, the Bureau shall post the list of routine activities on its government web site, along with a contact number or email address by which citizens can obtain additional information on listed activities.

 

2.  Each quarter during the fiscal year, the Water Bureau shall update as necessary and make publicly available a list of:

 

a.   All Water Bureau capital projects within the Closure Area that are in the planning or design stage or whose construction has already commenced;

 

b.   All non-routine City activities or activities permitted by the City that involve or will involve the presence of persons in the Closure Area and which are in the planning or design stage or which have already commenced.

 

3.  At a minimum, the Bureau shall post the list of projects and activities described in Subsection 21.36.050 E.1. and Subsections 21.36.050 E.2.a. and b. on its government web site, along with a contact number or email address by which citizens can obtain additional information on listed projects.