Minnesota's Legacy

Identifying Best Management Practices and Barriers to Adoption

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$58,000
Fund Source
Clean Water Fund
Recipient
Otter Tail, East SWCD
Recipient Type
Local/Regional Government
Status
Completed
Activity Type
Grants/Contracts
Counties Affected
Becker
Douglas
Otter Tail
Todd
Wadena
Becker
Douglas
Otter Tail
Todd
Wadena
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2015, First Special Session, Chapter 2, Article 2, Section 7(c)
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$58,000
Other Funds Leveraged
$0
Direct expenses
$0
Administration costs
$0
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

- Estimated 156 CNMPs/Feedlot Projects and CNMPs - 3,120 pounds of phosphorus per year - 10,140 pounds of nitrogen per year - Eliminate backlog of farmers waiting for CNMP

Measurable Outcome(s)

Contracted with Freshwater Society to plan and faciliate outreach meeting, and draft report. Key takeaways include: Take-aways from the Agriculture and Groundwater Report at the EOT SWCD retreat.

1.Education and outreach to non-farmers. Need to better tell the story of practices implemented by farmers and some of the challenges they face.
2.Field days and tours are needed to promote practices. Showcase where practices are proven to work in our area.
3.Need to facilitate peer to peer learning/sharing opportunities.
4.Education and information on new technologies and how to make sense of information or data from them.
5.SWCD should invest time in forming new partnerships with co-ops, agronomists etc.
6.Research needs to be conducted on local levels
7.Financial incentives or having trial equipment available to reduce the financial risk of making changes.

Proposed Outcomes Achieved
Achieved proposed outcomes
Source of Additional Funds

LOCAL LEVERAGED FUNDS

Recipient Board Members
Board information for grantees can be found within contact directories on BWSR's website under Operational Resources, "About Our Partners".
Project Overview

The purpose of this project is to identify effective irrigation and nutrient management best management practices and technologies and the barriers that prevent irrigators, producers, and other agricultural partners from adopting them in Otter Tail County. The primary goal is to reduce nitrate in areas where groundwater is susceptible to contamination as mapped by The Minnesota Department of Health by identifying effective BMPs and addressing the barriers to their adoption.

Project Manager
First Name
Benjamin
Last Name
Underhill
Organization Name
Otter Tail, East SWCD
Phone
218-346-4260 x 120
Email
ben.underhill@eotswcd.org
Competitive Grant Making Body
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
No
Conflict of Interest Contact

Nicole Clapp