Otter Tail County Buffer Initiative Acceleration
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
LOCAL LEVERAGED FUNDS
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.