Purchase of Survey Grade Equipment to Accelerate Survey, Design, and Installation of BMPs
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
LOCAL LEVERAGED FUNDS
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.