Otter Tail Water Management District Well Sealing
Seal 101 monitoring wells
This project resulted in 94 wells sealed
LOCAL LEVERAGED FUNDS
The Otter Tail Water Management District (OTWMD) manages the wastewater for nearly 1,750 private residences near Otter Tail Lake, Deer Lake, and Lake Blanche. There OTWMD is responsible for 101 monitoring wells that were installed in 1984 and 1985 that are no longer being used and need to be properly sealed. The goal of this project is for the East Otter Tail Soil and Water Conservation District (EOTSWCD) to assist the OTWMD in properly sealing 100% of the monitoring wells that are located within the Otter Tail Surficial Aquifer. This shallow sand aquifer is the source for many private drinking wells in the area and preliminary results from the Otter Tail County Private Well Nitrate Monitoring Project conducted in 2015 show some areas with wells with concentrations of Nitrates above the 10 mg/L drinking water standard.