This Chapter of the Florida Statutes provides for soil and water conservation. Its policy objective is to promote the appropriate and efficient use of soil and water resources, protect water quality, prevent floodwater and sediment damage, preserve wildlife, protect public lands, and protect and promote the health, safety, and general welfare of the people of this state. The Chapter creates soil and water conservation districts. The purpose of their creation is to provide assistance, guidance, and education to landowners, land occupiers, the agricultural industry, and the general public in implementing land and water resource protection practices. Further, the Chapter provides for powers and duties of the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services of Florida; the Soil and Water Conservation Council, and its powers and duties; rules for creation of soil and water conservation districts; hearing upon question of creation of a district; referendum for creation of a district; expenses of the referendum; results of the referendum and publication; organization of districts; change of district boundaries; election of supervisors of each district; qualifications and tenure of supervisors; powers of districts and supervisors; cooperation between districts; state agencies to cooperate; discontinuance of districts; and effect of dissolution.
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