Section 9-8A-2

Legislative findings and declaration of purpose.

It is hereby found and declared to be the policy of the state to provide for the restoration and conservation of the soil resources of this state, to provide for the improvement of water used in agriculture, and for the control and prevention of soil erosion and for the prevention of floodwater and sediment damages, and for the establishment or improvement of stands of forest trees, all of which will preserve natural resources, control floods, prevent impairment of dams and reservoirs, preserve wildlife, protect the tax base, protect public lands and promote the health, safety and public welfare of the citizens of the state. It is further declared that at the present time, due to cutbacks in federal soil conservation and reforestation programs there exists an inadequate supply of funds in the state to enable the financing of much needed soil conservation, agricultural water quality and forestry improvement programs; that the inability to finance such programs impedes the economic and physical development of the state, adversely affects the welfare and prosperity of all of the people of the state and accordingly creates and fosters conditions adverse to the general health and welfare of the citizens of the state; and that the making available in the manner provided in this chapter of appropriated moneys to assist the financing of much needed soil conservation, agricultural water and forestry improvement programs will result in the alleviation or reduction of the adverse consequences which have resulted.

(Acts 1985, 1st Ex. Sess., No. 85-123, p. 169, §2; Acts 1986, No. 86-426, p. 775, §2.)