Otter Tail County Community Partners

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Clean Water Fund
East Otter Tail Soil and Water
Recipient Type
Local/Regional Government
In Progress
Start Date
January 2013
End Date
December 2015
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Otter Tail
Otter Tail
Project Overview

The Otter Tail County Community Conservation Sub-grant Program enables community groups to go beyond planning and take action to protect their water resources. This grant program provides community groups with the means to make positive improvements now, and a venue to grow community and identify further water quality opportunities. Engaging community members in the identification of water protection opportunities helps build connections and foster a stewardship ethic.
Selecting projects requires community groups to collaboratively develop priorities among the range of water quality impacts. Implementing projects provides a unique active social environment that helps build connections and energy to motivate and grow the community into the next project. Community groups that participate in the Otter Tail County program will emerge with an engaged and energized membership, a better understanding of how to positively influence their water quality, and well positioned to identify and implement future water quality protection projects.

Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications

Lyle Dittmann - Chaimanr, Steve Inwards - Vice Chairman , Marion Gill - Treasurer, Terry Greenwaldt - Public Relations, Dennis Reynolds - Secretary

Advisory Group Members and Qualifications

Wayne Zellmer -BWSR Grants Coordinator; Matt Drewitz -BWSR South Region Clean Water Specialist; Jeff Hrubes -BWSR North Region Clean Water Specialist; Marcey Westrick -BWSR Metro Clean Water Specialist; Art Persons -MDH Planning Supervisor Drinking Water Protection; Terry Bovee -MDH Principal Planner Drinking Water Protection; Julie Westerlund -DNR Clean Water Coordinator; Dave Friedl -DNR Northern Region Clean Water Specialist; Joshua Stamper -MDA Research Scientist, Pesticide & Fertilizer Management; Dwight Wilcox -MDA Ag BMP Program Planner; Anna Kerr -MPCA -Stormwater / TMDL Coordinator;-DNR Central Region Clean Water Legacy Specialist; Karen Evens - MPCA -Watershed Projects Manager;

Conflict of Interest Disclosed
Conflict of Interest Contact

Nicole Clapp

Legal Citation / Subdivision
111 006 02 07G 000
Appropriation Language

Laws of Minnesota 2011, 1st Special Session, Chapter 6, Section 7, and Laws of Minnesota 2012, Chapter 264, Section 7

2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Administration costs
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

It is projected that community partners grants will reduce phosphorus inputs by 8 pounds annually, decrease sediment reaching receiving waters by 3 tons annually, and retain almost 3 acre/feet of water on the land.

Source of Additional Funds

The source of additional funds varies from project to project, but generally consists of federal, local and non-public sources.

Recipient Board Members
Lyle Dittmann, Steve Inwards, Marion Gill, Terry Greenwaldt, Dennis Reynolds
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
East Otter Tail Soil and Water Conservation Distric
Street Address
801 Jenny Ave., Suite #2
Zip Code
Administered By
Administered by

520 Lafayette Road North
St. Paul, MN 55155

651- 296-3767