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Declaration of policy
Soil & Water Conservation Districts (SWC) CHAPTER 9-B, ARTICLE 1
§ 2. Declaration of policy. (1) Preservation of soil and water
resources. It is hereby declared to be the policy of the legislature to
provide for the conservation of the soil and water resources of this
state, and for the improvement of water quality, and for the control and
prevention of soil erosion and for the prevention of floodwater and
sediment damages and for furthering the conservation, development,
utilization and disposal of water, and thereby to preserve natural
resources, control and abate nonpoint sources of water pollution, assist
in the control of floods, assist in the drainage and irrigation of
agricultural lands, prevent impairment of dams and reservoirs, assist in
maintaining the navigability of rivers and harbors, preserve wildlife,
protect the tax base, protect public lands, and protect and promote the
health, safety and general welfare of the people of this state.

(2) Promotion of soil health and resiliency. It is further declared
the policy of the legislature to promote the health and resiliency of
New York's agricultural soils, including the biological, physical, and
chemical components of such soils, to sustain agricultural plants and
animals, produce a healthy, affordable food supply, promote climate
resilient farming and the reduction of agricultural greenhouse gas
emissions, and further protect and promote natural resources and the
health, safety and welfare of the people of this state.

(3) Utilizing resources to enhance the quality of life. It is further
declared the policy of the legislature to encourage the use of
agricultural land for recreational uses which are consistent with the
primary use of such land while, at the same time, promoting additional
tourism and employment opportunities and income for landowners in rural
areas and enhancing the quality of life of persons not otherwise able to
obtain access to agricultural land for recreational uses.