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S TO" G :: '''"'"oi'ember 17* 1970
REs Planting of Trees on Land Acquired by SBWiD.
The Southwest Florida Water Management District is a multi-purpose
project which encompasses the philosophy of compehhensive water manage-
ment for all legitimate purposes.
Florida Statute 378.01 provides "The District is created in the
interest of flood control, reclamation, conservation and allied
purposes." The purpose of the District shall be to cooperate with
the United States in the manner provided by Congress for flood control,
reclamation, conservation and allied purposes in protection the intabitt
ants, the land and other property within the District from the effects
of a surplus or a deficiency of water when the same may be beneficial
to the public health, welfare, safety and utility.
An allied purpose of flood control is the prevention of soil
erosion and the retarding of surface water run off by stimulating
sound agricultural use,
The planting of a forest would be a measure of land stabilization
f which would aid in the prevention of the destruction of land and there-
by reduce the movement of damaging amounts of sediment to stream
channels and lower land. Therefore, the planting of trees on land
acquired by the Southwest Florida Water Management District would be
a project provided for and authorized under Florida Statute 378.01
in that it would be considered a means of flood control and also
conservation. It would certainally come within the purposes as set
forth in FloridaStatute 378.01 when it states that the purpose of
a DBistrict created for the purposes for which Southwest Florida
Water Management District was created would be to protect the inhabit-
ants, and the land within said District from the adverse effects of
the surplus or a deficiency of water.