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Register for the Woodlands for Wildlife Workshop

Click HERE to register for the Woodlands for Wildlife Workshop on May 5th.

Funding and Assistance May Be Available

You may be eligible to receive funding through cost share programs that assist with water quality and shoreline projects.  Up to 75% of project costs could be covered.  Current cost share programs that are available include:

Please contact the SWCD office for more information about these cost share programs and to find out if your project is eligible for funding.  A contract must be approved by the SWCD Board before project installation begins.  Our Shoreland Specialist can visit your site and help you come up with a planting plan.

County Buffer Initiative Fact Sheet

The Otter Tail County Buffer Initiative aims to assist landowners in moving towards the direction of 100% voluntary compliance.  East Otter Tail Soil & Water Conservation District provides technical and financial assistance to landowners for the design and implementation of required buffers. Click here to view entire fact sheet.



On December 2 East Otter Tail Soil and Water Conservation District (EOT SWCD) received the DNR Division of Ecological and Water Resources Award during the Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts annual convention. The award honors a Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) that has implemented innovative conservation activities, demonstrated leadership and achieved significant results in the protection of Minnesota’s land and water resources. East Otter Tail was chosen as the recipient of the award out of the ninety SWCDs across the state.

Click here to read the official news release

Native shoreline plantings stabilize soils with their long, dense roots that hold soil particles together to help prevent erosion and reduce ice damage.  A native planting also creates a buffer along your lakeshore that enhances water quality by reducing runoff from lawns that can otherwise pollute your lake.  The blossoms of many native flowering plants will add beauty and interest to your property and the planting as a whole provides crucial habitat for wildlife. 

Cushion Ice and Wave Action Deep Roots for Shoreline Stability
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