Otter Tail High Priority Lakes Protection
(b) $16,000,000 the first year and $16,000,000 the second year are for grants to local
government units to protect and restore surface water and drinking water; to keep water on the land; to protect, enhance, and restore water quality in lakes, rivers, and streams; and to protect groundwater and drinking water, including feedlot water quality and subsurface sewage treatment system projects and stream
bank, stream channel, shoreline restoration, and ravine stabilization projects. The projects must use practices demonstrated to be effective, be of long-lasting public benefit, include a match, and be consistent with total maximum daily load (TMDL) implementation plans, watershed restoration and protection strategies (WRAPS), or local water management plans or their equivalents. A portion of this money may be used to seek administrative efficiencies through shared resources by multiple local governmental units. Up to 20 percent of this appropriation is available for land-treatment projects and practices that benefit drinking water. (Projects and Practices 2020)
- Prevent 242.58 tons/year sediment from entering 5 targeted lakes
- Prevent 45.41 lbs/year phosphorus from entering 5 targeted lakes
LOCAL LEVERAGED FUNDS
EOTSWCD and WOTSWCD are targeting phosphorus levels on the lakes of greatest concern. These lakes are considered the greatest concern because they have high levels of disturbance in their watersheds, high phosphorus sensitivity, and frequent nuisance algae blooms. These lakes were targeted from the over 1,000 lakes in the county, to the 60 assessed lakes, to the 5 lakes of greatest concern. SWCD staff wish to implement 25 shoreline restorations and rain garden best management practices where they can provide the greatest benefit. We will also target 10 agricultural parcels for source reduction BMPs (examples include, cover crops, perennial cover, nutrient management plans, and, irrigation water management) based on PTMApp results. These activities are expected to reduce phosphorus contributions to Big Pine, Little Pine, Walker, Wall, and South Lida Lakes by at least 45.41 lbs/year.