Otter Tail County Community Partners
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.
Lyle Dittmann - Chaimanr, Steve Inwards - Vice Chairman , Marion Gill - Treasurer, Terry Greenwaldt - Public Relations, Dennis Reynolds - Secretary
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;
Laws of Minnesota 2011, 1st Special Session, Chapter 6, Section 7, and Laws of Minnesota 2012, Chapter 264, Section 7
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.
The source of additional funds varies from project to project, but generally consists of federal, local and non-public sources.