The Legislature hereby recognizes and declares that it is essential to the health
and welfare of the people of the State of Nebraska to conserve, protect, develop,
and manage the natural resources of this state. The Legislature further recognizes the significant achievements that have been made
in the conservation, protection, development, and management of our natural resources
and declares that the most efficient and economical method of accelerating these achievements
is by creating natural resources districts encompassing all of the area of the state.
The Legislature further declares that the functions performed by soil and water conservation
districts, watershed conservancy districts, watershed districts, advisory watershed
improvement boards, and watershed planning boards shall be consolidated and made functions
of natural resources districts. The governing boards of such districts and boards shall complete, before July 1, 1972,
the necessary transfers and other arrangements so that such boards may on that date
begin the operation of natural resources districts. The Legislature further declares that other special-purpose districts, including rural
water districts, drainage districts, reclamation districts, and irrigation districts,
are hereby encouraged to cooperate with and, if appropriate, to merge with natural
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