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Otter Tail County Buffer Initiative Acceleration

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Clean Water Fund
Otter Tail, West SWCD
Recipient Type
Local/Regional Government
In Progress
Start Date
March 2015
End Date
December 2018
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Otter Tail
Otter Tail
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2013, Regular Session chapter 137
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Administration costs
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

This project will provide a comprehensive mapping/inventory of public waters and determine the
status of compliance with MN's Shoreland Management Rule 6120 and Otter Tail County's Shoreland Management

Source of Additional Funds


Recipient Board Members
Members for Otter Tail, West SWCD are: John Walkup, Julian Sjostrom, Richard Viger, Rick Drevlow, Rod Wenstrom
Project Overview

This Initiative is a nine-year plan to take a systematic approach to inventory and analyze all Public Waters within the County. Phase 1 includes identifying areas of concern through GIS analysis of current landuse along Public Waters, and the development of a database of non-compliant landowners which will be updated and maintained. Once landowners have been identified they will receive a joint letter and map stating that they may not be in compliance. Phase 2 includes a follow-up review of the initial inventory, and all landowners who do not comply with the Phase 1 letter will receive a 2nd notice of non-compliance. Phase 3 includes an additional review of previous inventories with a final notice of non-compliance to all landowners who have not installed the required buffer. At this point the county proceed with enforcement actions as necessary. This grant will accelerate the inventory and compliance with State and County Shoreland Rules with a proposed completion in five years. By addressing the 4,618 miles of shoreline in a systematic approach and achieving 100% compliance as outlined in the Otter Tail County Local Water Management Plan we will be able to achieve measurable results that improve and protect water quality within and leaving Otter Tail County.

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Otter Tail, West SWCD
218-739-4694 x 4
Competitive Grant Making Body
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
Conflict of Interest Contact

Nicole Clapp