"A board should encourage all landowners to retain water on the land to the maximum extent possible for sound water management. A water resource board has the power to raise money (taxes, assessments, fees, or bonds) to finance water management projects and board operations.
As part of local water management, a water resource board has the responsibility to review and approve state permits for drains within its boundaries. Water resource boards are also given the opportunity to comment on applications for construction permits for dikes and dams. These boards have the responsibility to stop illegal drainage and illegal construction of dikes and dams."