Division 9 of the California Public Resources Code defines the State's framework for conducting the business of resource conservation within California. A central component of Division 9 is its authorization for resource conservation districts (RCDs) to be formed for the purpose of addressing local resource conservation needs. Particular emphasis is placed upon the conservation of soil and water resources. Division 9 defines the roles and responsibilities of RCDs, as well as the directors that are selected to govern them.

In addition to defining RCD formation and operation, Division 9 also authorizes the existence of a Resource Conservation Commission, to be served by a Division of Resource Conservation within the Department of Conservation. The Commission was conceived to establish soil and water resource conservation policy and provide guidance to RCDs. Although Division 9 still provides the format for which the Commission would function, the Commission was administratively abolished in the mid 1970's, and has never been reconstituted.

Other sections also remain in place in Division 9, even though they are no longer applicable. Most notable among these are sections relating to the authority of RCDs to levy property taxes. Much of this authority was made obsolete by the passage of Proposition 13 in 1978, which placed restrictions on property taxation through the addition of Article 13A to the State Constitution.

Since its inception in 1938, Division 9 has been periodically revised and updated. Most recently, an ad hoc Soil Conservation Committee appointed by the Secretary of the Resources Agency proposed a comprehensive revision to Division 9 in 1990, while working in an advisory capacity to the Department of Conservation. A number of these recommendations were subsequently introduced as legislation and adopted (Ch. 831, Statutes of 1991). Most of these revisions address broadening the authorities of RCDs, and removing former ambiguities in the law.

The following version of Division 9 incorporates all of the most recent revisions which took effect January 1, 1992. The document has been formatted to facilitate the referencing of sections. Also included are notes on certain key sections, providing additional information in legislative history and relationships with other state and federal laws.

DIVISION 9. RESOURCE CONSERVATION
CHAPTER 1. GENERAL PROVISIONS
Article 1. Policy of State 9001-9003
Article 2. Definitions 9015-9034
Article 3. Applicability 9041-9044
CHAPTER 2. THE DIVISION OF RESOURCE CONSERVATION
Article 1. Organization 9051-9052
Article 2. Powers and Duties 9061-9071
Article 3. Funds and Expenditures 9081-9084
Article 4. The State Resource Conservation Commission 9101-9113
 
CHAPTER 3. RESOURCE CONSERVATION DISTRICTS
Article 1. Lands Included 9151-9155
Article 2. Initiation 9161-9168
Article 3. Election and Formation 9181-9190
Article 4. Initial Board of Directors 9201-9206
Article 7. District Directors 9301-9317
Article 8. General District Elections 9351-9359
Article 9. General Powers of District 9401-9420
Article 10. Property of District 9451-9457
Article 11. Inclusion of Lands 9481
Article 12. Dissolution 9491
CHAPTER 4. DISTRICT FINANCE
Article 1. Regular Assessments 9501-9513
Article 2. District Fiscal Procedure 9521-9530
Article 3. Claims 9541
Article 4. District Election Costs 9545-9546
CHAPTER 5. DISTRICT REORGANIZATION
Article 1. Consolidation 9601
Article 2. Partition 9611
Article 3. Changing Name of District 9621-9627
Article 4. Transferring Lands From One District to Another 9635
 CHAPTER 9. FEDERAL AID PROJECTS 9751-9757
CHAPTER 10. IMPROVEMENT DISTRICTS IN RESOURCE CONSERVATION DISTRICTS
Article 1. Formation 9801-9821
Article 2. Assessments 9831-9842
Article 3. Inclusion of Land 9851-9855
Article 4. Improvement District Management 9861-9870
Article 5. Improvement District Warrants 9881-9890
Article 6. Advance Payment of Assessments 9901-9905
Article 7. Actions and Proceedings 9911-9912
Article 8. Dissolution of Improvement Districts 9921-9924
CHAPTER 11.
TAHOE RESOURCE CONSERVATION DISTRICT 9951-9953
CHAPTER 12.
SUISUN RESOURCE CONSERVATION DISTRICT
9960-9965
CHAPTER 13.
VENTURA COUNTY RESOURCE CONSERVATION DISTRICT 9970-9978
 
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