IRRIGATION AND DRAINAGE — WATER RIGHTS AND RECLAMATION
GROUND WATER RECHARGE
42-4212. Powers and duties of the board of directors. The board shall have the following powers and duties:
(1) to manage and conduct the business and affairs of the districts;
(2) to employ and appoint such agents, officers and employees as may be required and prescribe their duties;
(3) to make and execute all necessary contracts, including contracts for the construction of diversion works and other facilities, contracts for the transportation of water through existing canals or other diversion works owned or operated by a canal company or companies or other entity or entities, and contracts with those persons and/or entities designated in section 42-4223, Idaho Code, for the purposes therein specified;
(4) to construct and operate diversion works, recharge ponding areas and injection wells, subject to such standards and specifications as the director of the department of water resources shall determine;
(5) to obtain from the federal government such permits as may be required for the accomplishment of the purposes of the district;
(6) to enter upon any land and make surveys for purposes of determining the best location for the diversion works and other facilities necessary to accomplish the purposes of the district;
(7) to acquire, either by purchase, condemnation or other legal means, all lands and other property necessary for the construction, use and supply, maintenance, repair and improvement of diversion works and facilities. The power of condemnation shall be limited to the acquisition of land and/or easements for right-of-way purposes only. The appropriation and storage underground of waters by the aquifer recharge district, together with the acquisition of such rights-of-way for the construction, maintenance and improvement of such diversion works and facilities as are necessary to the accomplishment of the purposes of the district is hereby declared to be a public use, subject to the regulation and control of the state in the manner prescribed by law.
(8) to levy assessments for the maintenance and operation of the diversion works and facilities of the district, as well as assessments for the payment of such fees as are charged to the district by any canal company or companies or other entity or entities owning or operating canals or other diversion works used by the district;
(9) to levy assessments for the retirement of indebtedness incurred for purposes of financing construction of the diversion works and facilities of the district and the construction of such capital improvements thereto as are deemed necessary by the board;
(10) to incur indebtedness, the term of which shall not exceed ten (10) years, by contract with a money-lending institution;
(11) to do any and every lawful act necessary to be done that the provisions of this chapter may be carried out.
(12) At such intervals as the director of the department of water resources shall establish, the board of directors shall report to the director, in the form and manner prescribed by him, concerning the operations of the district. The report shall indicate the amount of water being diverted by the district for purposes of recharge, the locations of the points of recharge, the flow of water at those discharge points affected by the recharge and such other information as the director may require.
(13) The board of directors annually shall submit to the director of the department of water resources a financial report setting forth the financial condition of the district. The report shall be in the form prescribed by the director and shall specify the amount of the assessments levied by the district for that year, the outstanding obligations of the district, and such other information as the director may require. The director shall have the authority to conduct an audit of the financial transactions and operations of the district.
[42-4212, added 1978, ch. 293, sec. 1, p. 731; am. 1982, ch. 204, sec. 4, p. 541.]