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Chapter 19     Entire Code


ARTICLE 1. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE.

ARTICLE 1A. DIVISION OF FORESTRY.

ARTICLE 1B. SEDIMENT CONTROL DURING COMMERCIAL TIMBER HARVESTING OPERATIONS.

ARTICLE 1C. CARE OF LIVESTOCK.

ARTICLE 2. MARKETING AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS.

ARTICLE 2A. PUBLIC MARKETS.

ARTICLE 2B. INSPECTION OF MEAT AND POULTRY.

ARTICLE 2C. AUCTIONEERS.

ARTICLE 2D. IMITATION HONEY PRODUCT LAW.

ARTICLE 2E. HUMANE SLAUGHTER OF LIVESTOCK.

ARTICLE 2F. BEEF INDUSTRY SELF-IMPROVEMENT ASSESSMENT PROGRAM.

ARTICLE 2G. TREE FRUIT INDUSTRY SELF-IMPROVEMENT BOARD.

ARTICLE 2H. CAPTIVE CERVID FARMING ACT.

ARTICLE 3. SALE OF FARM PRODUCTS BY COMMISSION MERCHANTS.

ARTICLE 4. COOPERATIVE ASSOCIATIONS.

ARTICLE 5. GRADING AND PACKING OF FRUITS AND VEGETABLES.

ARTICLE 5A. CONTROLLED ATMOSPHERE STORAGE OF FRESH FRUITS AND VEGETABLES.

ARTICLE 6. DEMONSTRATION PACKINGHOUSES AND SIMILAR PLANTS.

ARTICLE 7. STATE AID FOR FAIRS.

ARTICLE 8. COOPERATIVE EXTENSION WORKERS.

ARTICLE 9. DISEASES AMONG DOMESTIC ANIMALS.

ARTICLE 9A. FEEDING OF UNTREATED GARBAGE TO SWINE.

ARTICLE 10. MALE BREEDING ANIMALS.

ARTICLE 10A. THE WEST VIRGINIA EGG MARKETING LAW OF 1998.

ARTICLE 10B. LIVESTOCK DEALER\'S LICENSING ACT.

ARTICLE 11. BULK MILK TRADE LAW.

ARTICLE 11A. DAIRY PRODUCTS AND IMITATION DAIRY PRODUCTS LAW.

ARTICLE 11B. FROZEN DESSERTS AND IMITATION FROZEN DESSERTS LAW.

ARTICLE 11C. SOUTHERN DAIRY COMPACT.

ARTICLE 11D. TRADITIONAL CHEESE PRODUCTION.

ARTICLE 11E. Milk and milk products.

ARTICLE 12. INSECT PESTS, PLANT DISEASES AND NOXIOUS WEEDS.

ARTICLE 12A. LAND DIVISION.

ARTICLE 12B. INTERSTATE COMPACT ON PEST CONTROL.

ARTICLE 12C. INTERAGENCY COMMITTEE ON PESTICIDES.

ARTICLE 12D. WEST VIRGINIA NOXIOUS WEED ACT.

ARTICLE 12E. INDUSTRIAL HEMP DEVELOPMENT ACT.

ARTICLE 13. INSPECTION AND PROTECTION OF AGRICULTURE.

ARTICLE 14. WEST VIRGINIA COMMERCIAL FEED LAW.

ARTICLE 15. WEST VIRGINIA FERTILIZER LAW.

ARTICLE 15A. WEST VIRGINIA AGRICULTURAL LIMING MATERIALS LAW.

ARTICLE 16. WEST VIRGINIA SEED LAW.

ARTICLE 16A. WEST VIRGINIA PESTICIDE CONTROL ACT.

ARTICLE 16B. WEST VIRGINIA PESTICIDE USE AND APPLICATION ACT.

ARTICLE 17. FENCES.

ARTICLE 18. GENERAL STOCK LAW.

ARTICLE 19. PRESERVATION OF AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION.

ARTICLE 20. DOGS AND CATS.

ARTICLE 20A. VACCINATION OF DOGS AND CATS FOR RABIES.

ARTICLE 20B. SPAYING OR NEUTERING OF DOGS AND CATS.

ARTICLE 20C. WEST VIRGINIA SPAY NEUTER ASSISTANCE PROGRAM.

ARTICLE 20D. PRIVATE CAUSE OF ACTION FOR THE HUMANE DESTRUCTION OF A DOG.

ARTICLE 21. DRAINAGE DISTRICTS.

ARTICLE 21A. CONSERVATION DISTRICTS.

ARTICLE 22. VINEGARS.

ARTICLE 23. HORSE AND DOG RACING.

ARTICLE 24. INTERSTATE COMPACT ON LICENSURE OF PARTICIPANTS IN LIVE HORSE RACING WITH PARI-MUTUEL WAGERING.

ARTICLE 25. LIMITING LIABILITY OF LANDOWNERS.

ARTICLE 26. GENERAL JOHN MCCAUSLAND MEMORIAL FARM.

ARTICLE 27. WEST VIRGINIA STATE FARM MUSEUM.

ARTICLE 28. VITAMIN AND MINERAL ENRICHMENT OF FLOUR AND BREAD.

ARTICLE 29. PRODUCTION OF NONTRADITIONAL AGRICULTURE PRODUCTS.

ARTICLE 30. DONATED FOOD.

ARTICLE 31. GUS R. DOUGLASS AGRICULTURAL CENTER AT GUTHRIE.

ARTICLE 32. AQUACULTURE DEVELOPMENT.

ARTICLE 33. EQUINE RESCUE FACILITIES ACT.

ARTICLE 34. DANGEROUS WILD ANIMALS ACT.

ARTICLE 35. FARMERS MARKETS.

ARTICLE 36. AGRITOURISM RESPONSIBILITY ACT.

ARTICLE 37. West VIRGINIA FRESH FOOD ACT.

ARTICLE 21B. WATERSHED IMPROVEMENT DISTRICTS.

§19-21B-1. Definitions.

The term "landowners" or "owners of land" as used in this article includes any person, firm or corporation, other than a public body corporate, who shall hold title to any lot or tract of land lying within a district organized or to be organized under the provisions of this article, whether or not such land lies within the corporate limits of any town or city.

§19-21B-2. Establishment of watershed improvement districts.

Whenever within a soil conservation district or districts, soil conservation or the conservation, development, utilization, or disposal of water will be promoted by the construction of improvements for such purpose or purposes, a watershed improvement district may be established within such soil conservation district or districts in accordance with the provisions of this article.

§19-21B-3. Petition for establishment.

Any twenty-five owners of land lying within the limits of a proposed watershed improvement district, or a majority of such owners if their number be less than fifty, or any municipality or county any part of which lies within the proposed watershed improvement district, may file a petition with the supervisors of the soil conservation district or districts in which the proposed watershed improvement district will be situated asking that a watershed improvement district be organized for the territory described in the petition. The petition shall set forth:

(1) The proposed name of the watershed improvement district;

(2) That there is need, in the interest of the public health, safety, or welfare, for a watershed improvement district for the territory described in the petition;

(3) A description of the territory proposed to be organized as a watershed improvement district, which description shall be deemed sufficient if generally accurate;

(4) That the territory described in the petition is contiguous and is in the same watershed;

(5) A request that the territory described in the petition be organized as a watershed improvement district.

Land lying within the limits of one watershed improvement district shall not be included in another watershed improvement district.

§19-21B-4. Public hearing on petition; determination of need for district; defining boundaries.

Within thirty days after such petition has been filed with the supervisors of the soil conservation district or districts, they shall hold a public hearing or hearings upon the practicability and feasibility of creating the proposed watershed improvement district. All owners of land within the proposed watershed improvement district and all other interested parties shall have the right to attend such a hearing and be heard. The supervisors may prescribe such rules and regulations governing the conduct of such hearings as they deem to be necessary.

The supervisors shall thereafter determine whether there is need, in the interest of the public health, safety, or welfare, for the organization of the proposed watershed improvement district. They shall record such determination and shall define the boundaries of such watershed improvement district.

§19-21B-5. Determination of whether operation of proposed district is feasible.

If the supervisors determine that need for the proposed watershed improvement district exists and after they define the boundaries of the proposed district, they shall consider the question of whether the operation of the proposed watershed improvement district is administratively practicable and feasible.

§19-21B-6. Declaration of organization of district; certification.

If the supervisors shall determine that operation of the proposed watershed improvement district is administratively practicable and feasible, they shall so notify the state soil conservation committee which may declare the watershed improvement district to be duly organized and shall record such fact in its official minutes. Following such entry in its official minutes, the committee shall certify the fact of the organization of the watershed improvement district to the Secretary of State, and shall furnish a copy of such certification for recordation to the clerk of the county court in each county in which any portion of the watershed improvement district is situated; and the watershed improvement district shall thereupon constitute a governmental division of this state and a public body corporate.

§19-21B-7. Establishment of watershed improvement district situated in more than one soil conservation district.

If a proposed watershed improvement district will be situated in more than one soil conservation district, copies of the petition shall be presented to the supervisors of all the soil conservation districts in which any part of such proposed watershed improvement district will be situated, and the supervisors of all such soil conservation districts affected shall act jointly as a board of supervisors with respect to all matters concerning such watershed improvement district, including its organization. Such watershed improvement district shall be organized in like manner and shall have the same powers and duties as a watershed improvement district situated entirely in one soil conservation district.

§19-21B-8. Inclusion of additional territory within existing district.

Petitions for including additional territory within an existing watershed improvement district may be filed with supervisors of the soil conservation district or districts in which the watershed improvement district is situated, and in such cases the provisions hereof with respect to petitions to organize a watershed improvement district shall be observed to the extent deemed practicable by such supervisors. No additional territory shall be included in an existing watershed improvement district without the approval of the state committee and certification of its inclusion to the officers indicated in section six of this article.

§19-21B-9. Governing body of district; trustees.

The supervisors of the soil conservation district or districts in which the watershed improvement district is situated shall be the governing body of the watershed improvement district. They may appoint three trustees, who shall be owners of land within the watershed improvement district, to carry on the business of the watershed improvement district. The trustees so appointed shall exercise such administrative duties and powers as may be delegated to them by the governing body of the district, and they shall hold office at the will of that body. A trustee shall receive no compensation for his services but may be reimbursed from funds of the district for actual and necessary expenses incurred by him in the performance of his duties. The trustees shall designate a chairman and may, from time to time, change such designation. One of the trustees may be selected as treasurer and shall then be responsible for the safekeeping of all the funds of the watershed improvement district.

When a watershed improvement district lies in more than one soil conservation district, the supervisors of all such districts shall act jointly as the governing body of the watershed improvement district.

§19-21B-10. Officers, agents and employees; surety bonds; annual audit.

The trustees may, with the approval of the governing body of the district, employ such officers, agents, and other employees as they may require and shall determine their qualifications, duties and compensation. The compensation of such persons shall be paid out of funds of said district. The governing body shall provide for the execution of surety bonds for the treasurer and such other trustees, officers, agents, and employees as shall be entrusted with funds or property of the watershed improvement district and shall provide for the making and publication of an annual audit of the accounts of receipts and disbursements of the watershed improvement district.

§19-21B-11. Status and powers of district; powers of trustees.

A watershed improvement district organized under the provisions of this article shall constitute a governmental division of this state and a public body corporate, and such watershed improvement district shall have all of the powers of the soil conservation district or districts in which the watershed improvement district is situated. These powers are set forth in article twenty-one-a, chapter nineteen of the code, and any reference therein to a "soil conservation district" shall be deemed for the purposes of this article to include a "watershed improvement district." The trustees shall exercise only such of the powers of the watershed improvement district as the governing body of the district may designate from time to time.

§19-21B-12. Powers granted to be additional to powers of soil conservation district.

The powers herein granted to watershed improvement districts shall be additional to the powers of the soil conservation district or districts in which the watershed improvement district is situated; and the soil conservation district or districts, and the supervisors thereof, are authorized, notwithstanding the creation of the watershed improvement district, to continue to exercise all of its powers within the watershed improvement district.

§19-21B-13. Discontinuance of watershed improvement districts.

At any time after five years from the organization of a watershed improvement district, any twenty-five owners of land lying within the limits of the district, or a majority of such owners if their number be less than fifty, or any municipality or county any part of which lies within the district, may file a petition with the governing body of the district, praying that the existence of the district be discontinued. The petition shall state the reasons for discontinuance, and that all obligations of the district have been met.

The governing body of the district may conduct public hearings on the petition to assist it in making a determination.

If it is found that all the obligations of the district have been met, the governing body shall consider the question of whether soil conservation or the conservation development, utilization, or disposal of water will be promoted by the continuance of the district. If the governing body shall determine that none of these objectives will be promoted, it shall so notify the state soil conservation committee which may declare the district to be discontinued and shall record such fact in its official minutes. Following such entry in its official minutes, the committee shall certify the fact of the discontinuance to the Secretary of State and shall furnish a copy of such certification for recordation to the clerk of the county court in each county in which any portion of the district is situated; and the district shall thereupon cease to exist.

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