Purchase of Survey Grade Equipment to Accelerate Survey, Design, and Installation of BMPs

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Clean Water Fund
Otter Tail, West SWCD
Recipient Type
Local/Regional Government
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Otter Tail
Otter Tail
Project Overview

Realizing the need for increased technical capacity in the field offices, the Becker, East Otter Tail and West Otter Tail Soil and Water Conservation Districts have developed an agreement that will increase technical capacity while minimizing costs to each district. The first step was taken in this agreement through the recent hire of a shared engineer. Currently, minimal survey grade equipment is owned by the districts. This grant will be used to purchase an integrated survey system. This equipment will be available to all three Soil and Water Conservation Districts further increasing technical capacity. Having the ability to utilize the same equipment between offices will allow staff to become efficient in one system, creating the possibility for additional shared staff. In addition to improved and increased technical capacity, the efficiency in which conservation practices are being surveyed and designed will improve resulting in the ability to install more practices.

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

Nicole Clapp

Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2015, First Special Session, Chapter 2, Article 2, Section 7(c)
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Having an engineer on staff with the appropriate equipment will allow the SWCD's to survey, design, and install most BMPs with existing staff. In addition, current SWCD staff will receive increased hands on training on the use of the equipment in the offi

Source of Additional Funds


Recipient Board Members
Members for Otter Tail, West SWCD are: John Walkup, Julian Sjostrom, Richard Viger, Rick Drevlow, Rod Wenstrom
Project Manager
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Otter Tail, West SWCD
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St. Paul, MN 55155

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