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    Subdivision 1. Authorization. The commissioner may construct, maintain, and operate
dikes, dams, and other structures necessary to maintain uniform water levels established under
this chapter to improve navigation, protect and improve domestic water supply, protect and
preserve fish and other wildlife, protect the public interest in the shore and shorelines of public
waters, and promote public health.
    Subd. 2. Authority to acquire land. The commissioner may acquire lands or any necessary
interest in lands by purchase, gift, or condemnation.
    Subd. 3. Operation of dams on state property. Dams owned by the state or built on
property owned or controlled by the state must be maintained under the direction of the
commissioner and operated under the commissioner's direction and control.
    Subd. 4. Acceptance of local funding. The commissioner may accept funds from local
governmental and civic agencies or persons to acquire property for or to construct, maintain, or
operate dams and control structures.
History: 1990 c 391 art 7 s 44