(1) The district court sitting in and for any county in this state has jurisdiction,
when the conditions stated in section 37-2-102 are found to exist, to establish conservancy districts, which may be entirely within
or partly within and partly without the judicial district in which said court is located,
for any of the following purposes:
(a) Preventing floods;
(b) Regulating stream channels by changing, widening, and deepening the same;
(c) Regulating the flow of streams;
(d) Diverting, controlling, or in whole or in part eliminating watercourses;
(e) Protecting public and private property from inundation; and incident to such
purposes and to enable its accomplishment, any district so established has the power
to straighten, widen, deepen, change, divert, or change the course or terminus of
any natural or artificial watercourse; to build reservoirs, canals, levees, walls,
embankments, bridges, or dams; to reclaim or fill low lands and lands subject to
overflow; to remove and to regulate and prescribe the location of improvements upon
land; to maintain, operate, and repair any of the construction herein named; and
to do all other things necessary for the fulfillment of the purposes of articles 1
to 8 of this title; and such powers shall also be construed as purposes for which
benefits may be appraised as provided in articles 1 to 8 of this title;
(f) The conservation, development, utilization, and disposal of water for agricultural,
municipal, and industrial uses thereof, when desirable as a part of a project or undertaking
the principal purpose of which is one or more of the purposes set out in this section;
(g) Participating in the development of parks and recreational facilities within the
boundaries of the conservancy district.
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