6105.12 Orderly development and beneficial use of the water resources.

The board of directors of a watershed district, for the purpose of assisting to obtain the orderly development and the most beneficial use of the water resources within the territorial boundaries of the district, may:

(A) Review and recommend plans for the development of the water resources within the territorial boundaries of the district;

(B) Recommend appropriate means to resolve water conflicts among water user interests and between geographic areas within the territorial boundaries of the district;

(C) Make studies and review plans relative to the development of water resources of the district, hold hearings thereon, and make such recommendations as are consistent with the beneficial use of water within the district;

(D) Prepare a comprehensive plan for the development and control of the water resources within the district for the purpose of promoting the beneficial use of water within the district which plan shall be submitted to the environmental protection agency;

(E) Counsel with public agencies or private interests seeking advice and assistance relative to the beneficial use of water within the district;

(F) Assist governmental agencies and private interests in the planning and development of water resources within the district;

(G) Have access to all information, statistics, plans, and data relative to the water resources of the district which any governmental agency has available;

(H) Make contracts with any person or agency for the purpose of carrying out sections 6105.01 to 6105.21 of the Revised Code;

(I) Designate specific reaches in the channel of any watercourse, within the territorial boundaries of the district, as a restricted channel and any specific area appurtenant to a restricted channel as a restricted floodway under section 6105.131 of the Revised Code;

(J) Issue permits authorizing the construction, change, or alteration of a structure or obstruction in a restricted channel or relocation, alteration, restriction, deposit, or encroachment into or change of grade of a restricted channel or floodway under section 6105.133 of the Revised Code;

(K) Petition for the creation of a conservancy district or conservancy subdistrict under section 6101.05 or 6101.71 of the Revised Code.

Effective Date: 10-23-1972