Otter Tail High Priority Lakes Protection

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2020 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Clean Water Fund
Otter Tail, East SWCD
Recipient Type
Local/Regional Government
In Progress
Start Date
February 2020
End Date
December 2022
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Otter Tail
Otter Tail
Project Details

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.

Competitive Grant Making Body
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
Conflict of Interest Contact

Marcey Westrick

Legal Citation / Subdivision
Minnesota Session Laws 2019, 1st Special Session, Chapter 2, Article 2, Section 7.
Appropriation Language

[Projects and Practices 2020] (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.

2020 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

?Prevent 242.58 tons/year sediment from entering 5 targeted lakes
?Prevent 45.41 lbs/year phosphorus from entering 5 targeted lakes

Source of Additional Funds


Recipient Board Members
Members for Otter Tail, East SWCD are: Brett Dailey, Bruce Juntunen, Dennis Reynolds, Ken Berg, Lyle Dittmann, Marion Gill, Nancy Benson, Steve Inwards, Terry Greenwaldt, Thomas Schulz
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Otter Tail, East SWCD
Zip Code
Administered By
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520 Lafayette Road North
St. Paul, MN 55155

651- 296-3767