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State Law Governing Reclamation Districts
(50000-53901, Water Code)
Reclamation districts are governed by a board of trustees that are appointed by the County Board of Supervisors or are elected directly from the populations they serve (50650). The board of trustees can consist of three, five or seven members and have the power to do all things necessary or convenient for accomplishing the purposed for which the reclamation district was formed (50900). The owners of the majority of acreage in the district may vote to adopt governing bylaws (50370). A district may, by resolution of the board, provide a procedure for the collection charges and fees, by way of the tax bills of the county or counties in which such district is located (50904).
In order to form a reclamation district a petition must be presented to the County Board of Supervisors signed by no less that 50% of the population of registered voters within the proposed districts territory (50300). A reclamation district can consist of any body of swamp and overflow, salt-marsh or tidelands, or other lands subject to flood or overflow, susceptible of one mode of reclamation who desires to reclaim the land (50303). Reclamation districts can provide drainage, levee maintenance or irrigation services.
The State Lands Commission, upon receipt of a copy of a petition, or certificate of the county clerk that a district has been formed, shall number the district and send a notice containing the number so assigned to the county recorder of the county from which the copy or certificate came (50333). If two or more districts consolidate or reorganize to form a single district the State Lands Commission shall assign to the consolidated district the number of the original district containing the largest area of land, and the consolidated district shall there after be known by such number (53504).