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Maintaining and enhancing the quality of soil and water for the environmental and economic
benefits they produce, preventing degradation, and restoring degraded soil and water resources
of this state contribute greatly to the health, safety, economic well-being, and general welfare
of this state and its citizens. Land occupiers have the responsibility to implement practices
that conserve the soil and water resources of the state. Soil and water conservation measures
implemented on private lands in this state provide benefits to the general public by reducing
erosion, sedimentation, siltation, water pollution, and damages caused by floods. The soil and
water conservation policy of the state is to encourage land occupiers to conserve soil, water, and
the natural resources they support through the implementation of practices that:
(1) control or prevent erosion, sedimentation, siltation, and related pollution in order to
preserve natural resources;
(2) ensure continued soil productivity;
(3) protect water quality;
(4) prevent impairment of dams and reservoirs;
(5) reduce damages caused by floods;
(6) preserve wildlife;
(7) protect the tax base; and
(8) protect public lands and waters.
History: 1990 c 391 art 1 s 6; 2003 c 104 s 1