AGRICULTURE AND HORTICULTURE
SOIL CONSERVATION DISTRICTS
22-2735. Payments by the state soil and water conservation commission — Rules — Approval of attorney general — Audit of payments. (1) The commission may make payments not to exceed the estimated reasonable cost of an eligible improvement, project or plan.
(2) The commission may, in the name of the state of Idaho, enter into contracts with approved applicants, and any such approved applicants may enter into a contract with the commission concerning eligible improvements, projects or plans. Any such contract may include such provisions as may be agreed upon by the parties thereto, and shall include, in substance, the following provisions:
(a) An estimate of the reasonable cost of the improvements, projects or plans as determined by the commission;
(b) The terms under which the commission may unilaterally terminate the contract and/or seek repayment from the applicant of sums already paid pursuant to the contract for noncompliance by the applicant with the terms and conditions of the contract and the provisions of this chapter;
(c) An agreement by the applicant binding for the life of the eligible improvements, projects or plans:
(i) To develop water quality plans for landowners and provide payments to landowners for installation of best management practices;
(ii) To determine payment rates in conjunction with the commission for best management practices;
(iii) To establish a method for administration and provisions for technical assistance to landowners in conjunction with the commission;
(iv) To allow the state to make payments up to the estimated reasonable cost for best management practices installation, technical assistance and project administration of an eligible project;
(v) To develop and to secure the approval of the commission of plans for operation of the eligible project;
(vi) To ensure that the local matching share of the cost is provided as applicable;
(vii) To assure an adequate level of landowner participation and application of best management practices to ensure water quality goals are met.
(3) The commission may enter into contracts to provide technical assistance to applicants that have entered agreements pursuant to this chapter. Any such contract may include such provisions agreed upon by the parties thereto and shall include, in substance, the following provisions:
(a) An estimate of the reasonable cost of technical assistance;
(b) The terms under which the commission may unilaterally terminate the contract, and/or seek repayment of sums paid pursuant to the contract, for noncompliance by the applicants with the terms and conditions of the contract, the provisions of this chapter, or rules adopted pursuant thereto.
(4) The commission may enter into contracts and establish procedures to be followed in applying for eligible improvements, projects and plans herein authorized as shall be necessary for the effective administration of the water quality program for agriculture.
(5) All contracts entered into pursuant to this section shall be subject to approval by the attorney general as to form. All payments by the state pursuant to such contracts shall be made after audit and upon warrant as provided by law on vouchers approved by the chairman and the administrator of the commission.
(6) All grant agreements and contracts previously entered into with the state board of health and welfare, soil conservation districts and the commission pursuant to section 39-3627, Idaho Code, for payments and administration are now to be administered and payments implemented solely by the commission.
[22-2735, added 1999, ch. 137, sec. 8, p. 393; am. 2010, ch. 279, sec. 18, p. 743.]