Title 27A. Chapter 3, of the Oklahoma State Statutes, the Conservation District Act.
This chapter shall be known and may be cited as the "Conservation District Act".
§27A-3-1-102. Legislative determination - Declaration of policy
In recognition of the ever-increasing demands on the renewable natural resources of the state and of the need to preserve, protect and develop such resources at such a rate and at such levels of quality as will meet the needs of the people of the state, it is hereby declared to be the policy of the State of Oklahoma to provide for the conservation of the renewable natural resources of this state, and for the control and prevention of soil erosion, and for the prevention of floodwater and sediment damages, and for furthering the conservation, development, utilization and disposal of water, and thereby to preserve and develop natural resources, control floods, conserve and develop water resources and water quality, prevent impairment of dams and reservoirs, preserve wildlife, preserve natural beauty, promote recreational development, protect the tax base, protect public lands and protect and promote the health, safety and general welfare of the people of this state. It is further the policy of the Legislature to authorize conservation districts established under the Conservation District Act to serve as the primary local unit of government responsible for the conservation of the renewable natural resources of this state, and competent to administer, in close cooperation with landowners and occupiers, with local governmental units, and with agencies of the government of this state and of the United States, projects, programs and activities suitable for effectuating the policy of the Conservation District Act. Provided, however, in those areas included within the existing jurisdiction of planning commissions created pursuant to the provisions of Titles 11 and/or 19, of the Oklahoma Statutes or their successors, such districts shall serve as the collateral units of government so responsible.