The commissioner may conduct surveys, investigations, and studies, and prepare maps of the waters of the state and topography of the state to implement this chapter.
The commissioner may acquire title to private property for an authorized purpose by purchase or by eminent domain. The use of property for projects to implement this chapter is a public purpose. On request by the commissioner, the attorney general shall acquire title to private property for projects under this chapter as provided in chapter 117.
The commissioner may approve contracts for projects under this chapter and change the plans of the projects when necessary, and supervise, control, and accept the projects when complete. The commissioner may pay for projects and expenses incurred in connection with the projects from funds available to the commissioner.