Statement of Purpose

RD784 Responsibilities

 

The Organization's first  priority is to protect human life, property and the environment, within  the land-side boundaries of Reclamation District 784.  Except for the  waterside slopes of the levees, the river bottoms are outside the  jurisdiction of RD 784 and are governed by State and Federal government  organizations. Members of the staff and volunteers must first protect  themselves so they can protect the public. They shall act within the  scope of their training and without unduly endangering their own lives  take those actions necessary to protect others.  

Consistent with the organizational first priority, District Resources shall be used in the following order:

  • Maintain Levees
  • Maintain Pumps
  • Maintain internal drainage


When  assigning work, priority shall be given to projects that enhance  infrastructure functionality rather than beautification. Acquiring and  maintaining levee certification not only protects the community but  enhances the quality of life within the District by lowering insurance  costs, protecting economic infrastructure, protecting jobs and assuring  the continued availability of State and Federal funds.  Pumps allow the  District to lower internal water levels to protect the public and the  environment in broad geographical areas. Internal drainage generally  protects localized areas within the District. 

Resources shall be  first allocated to protect densely populated or heavily commercialized  areas.  Interventions that protect large geographical areas will be  given priority over individual neighborhoods.

The protection of  the environment and animal life should not be understated. District  personnel shall act to protect the environment except when human life or  infrastructure would be compromised. 

Multiple Uses of District Infrastructure

The  first purpose of all District  Infrastructures is protection of the  public from water damage.  Without interfering with its first purpose,  the Board encourages additional public uses that enhance the quality of  life within the District with the following restrictions:

  • No Motorized Vehicles
  • No Introduction of Endangered or Non-Native Species

Other  restrictions may be imposed a deemed necessary by the Board.  Additional uses should not restrict Operations and Maintenance of the  infrastructures involved. 

Eco-Friendly Operations and Management: 

The  Board has begun using goats/sheep to manage vegetation rather than use  chemicals or burn. This approach has increased the quality of life for  people and protected the environment. The Board has also approved  farming to enhance the ecosystem for animals and to create a revenue  stream. The Board has continued this approach by approving: